SLAMABAD — A Pakistani military court has found seven men guilty of attacking the army headquarters in 2009, sentencing a retired soldier to death and four men to life imprisonment, an official said Saturday.
Pakistan's main Taliban faction claimed responsibility for the day-long siege carried out by 10 militants at the army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which neighbours Islamabad.
Troops ultimately fought off the attackers and freed 39 hostages, but 23 people were killed, including 11 troops, three hostages and nine attackers.
"One former soldier, Aqeel, alias Dr Usman was awarded the death sentence while one of his accomplices, also an ex-soldier and three civilians were sentenced to life," the military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Two other civilians were each handed seven years in prison.
He did not give further details on the precise nature of the seven men's involvement in the attacks.
Convictions are rare in Pakistan in connection with the litany of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked attacks on government security forces and civilians that have killed more than 4,500 people in the last four years.