Iran hangs 11 Sunnis convicted of attacks

December 20, 2010 17:33


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TEHERAN, Iran — Iran on Monday hanged 11 men authorities said were members of an armed Sunni militant group convicted of bombings, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The executions were seen as retribution against the group, Jundallah, for an attack last week on Shi'ite worshippers that killed 39 people in the southeastern port city of Chahbahar. Jundallah, which means Soldiers of God, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Eleven members of the terrorist group and mercenaries who had a role in terrorist activities, fighting police and killing innocent people were hanged," said Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the Justice Department of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, where Jundallah is active. The executions took place at dawn in Zahedan, the provincial capital of Sistan-Baluchistan.

The IRNA report identified all 11 men hanged by their full names. All their family names indicated they were members of the Sunni ethnic Baluchi minority in Shi'ite-dominated Iran.

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