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US: army psychiatrist who went on shooting spree found guilty

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A military jury has found a US army psychiatrist guilty of 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder.

Major Nidal Hasan carried out the shooting spree against unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas in November 2009.

The killings came at the time of the American-led wars in Iran and Afghanistan. Hasan told the court he had switched sides in what he considered a U.S. war on Islam. Court documents show the 42 year old American born Muslim told mental health evaluators he wanted to become a martyr.

The convictions mean he could face the death penalty by lethal injection.

Witnesses gave their testimony during the two week trial, describing in detail the bloodbath in and around the medical building at Fort Hood.

Posecutors stressed that Hasan’s rampage was premeditated. It was the worst non-combat attack ever at a U.S. military base.