Official: Court convicts 7 in Pakistan army attack

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says a military court has found seven men guilty of involvement in an attack on army headquarters and sentenced one of them, a retired soldier, to death.

The October 2009 siege in Rawalpindi lasted 22 hours, left nine militants and 14 others dead, and deeply embarrassed Pakistan’s security establishment.

One former soldier — identified only as “Aqeel” alias “Dr. Usman” — was handed the death penalty. He is believed to have led the attack.

A military official said Saturday four other defendants — another ex-soldier and three civilians — received life imprisonment. Two civilians were handed seven-year prison terms.

The official requested anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. He didn’t say when the verdicts were rendered.