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US army psychiatrist sentenced to death for Fort Hood killings

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A military jury has sentenced a United States Army psychiatrist to death for the 2009 murder of 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas.

Major Nidal Hasan said he committed the attack in retaliation for US wars in the Muslim world.

The jury in the case deliberated for over two hours before agreeing on the death penalty. A lethal injection will be used.

Hasan, bearded and in a wheelchair, showed no visible emotion when the president of the jury read his sentence. He was shot by police trying to end the rampage on November 5 2009.

The American-born Muslim shouted out “God is great” in Arabic during the rampage in a medical facility at the Texas military base just weeks before he was due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Death sentences are rare in the military with the last execution of a member taking place 52 years ago. The military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, which means that it could be years before Hasan is put to death.