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Last Updated: Monday, 6 August 2007, 21:51 GMT 22:51 UK
Mumbai bombing accused in court
Train bombings wreckage
Seven blasts hit Mumbai's busy commuter network
Thirteen Indian Muslim men have been formally charged over last year's bomb attacks on commuter trains in Mumbai (Bombay), which killed 187 people.

The men are accused of plotting and carrying out the bombings. They deny the charges, but say they do not recognise the Mumbai court's authority.

Police say they are trying to trace 15 other suspects, most of whom are thought to be Pakistani nationals.

Seven blasts ripped through trains in the evening rush hour on 11 July 2006.

The co-ordinated explosions were detonated within 15 minutes of each other.

The men face several charges, including conspiring to use explosives to cause large scale loss of life.

Reading the charges, Judge Mrudula Bhatkar said they had instigated young Muslims "in the name of religion to resort to terrorist acts", the Associated Press reported.

And they are accused of belonging to the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which fights against Indian control in Kashmir.

Pakistan rejects any involvement in the attacks.






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