Official: Court convicts 7 in Pakistan army attack




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.