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Pakistan army confirms death sentences for 12 militants

Pakistan's military says the country's powerful army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, has confirmed death sentences awarded by military courts to 12 "hardcore terrorists" over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces.

In a statement Thursday, the military said the men included a Pakistani Taliban militant, Muhammad Arbi, who abetted the 2012 attack on a jail in the northwestern district of Bannu. It says a large number of militants managed to escape when a group of gunmen attacked the jail.

Pakistan has hanged nearly 350 inmates, mostly routine criminals, since lifting a 2008 moratorium on executions in 2014 after a Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 150 people, mostly children.