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Mumbai blast convict dies of heart attack

One of the men convicted of the 1993 Mumbai blasts has died of a heart attack.

Mustafa Dossa's death came one day after prosecutors asked a court to sentence him to capital punishment.

Dossa was found guilty earlier this month of transporting weapons to Mumbai but the court was yet to pronounce a sentence.

The explosions killed 257 people, and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

Dossa, along with six others, was tried separately for his role in the blasts. Prosecutors claimed that he was one of the “brains” behind the attack.

The blasts targeted a dozen sites, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, the offices of Air India and a luxury hotel.

A court found six of the men guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder. One man was acquitted.

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