Three militants jailed for funding group behind bombing which killed 40 Indian troops

A Pakistani court has sentenced three militants to five years in prison

Kashmiri demonstrators throw pieces of bricks and stones towards an Indian police vehicle during a protest after Jumat-ul-Vida or the last Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Srinagar May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
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Three militants who funded a group behind a bombing which killed 40 Indian troops have been jailed.

A court in Pakistan sentenced the militants to five years in prison after finding them guilty of collecting funds for an outlawed group that claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Kashmir earlier this year.

According to a statement released by a counter-terrorism department on Friday, the three men have begun serving their sentences.

It says the three unidentified men were local leaders of outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack in the Indian-held portion of the disputed Kashmir region.

The bombing at the time raised tensions between India and Pakistan and brought the two nuclear rivals to the brink of war.

Since then, Pakistan has arrested several men as part of its crackdown on terror financing.