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In Pakistan, Two Sentenced To 1,610 Years For Terror Attacks

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A court in northwestern Pakistan has imposed one of the longest prison sentences in the country's history to two men for their part in terrorist attacks on Shi'ite Muslim mourners.

Abdul Ghafoor Marwat, the deputy head of the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that Walid Akbar and Ikramullah, who uses only one name, were each sentenced to 1,610 years for twin bombing attacks in November.

He said that one of the convicts was a former police officer.

Authorities are still looking for three more members of the Taliban-linked gang that used pressure-cooker bombs to kill nine and injure more than 120.

Attacks claimed by the Taliban and other militant factions have killed thousands of civilians and soldiers in Pakistan since 2003.

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