Bangladesh executes three Islamists over attack on British envoy

DHAKA - Bangladesh executed an Islamist militant leader and two aides on Wednesday for a grenade attack on the British ambassador in 2004, days after the president turned down their clemency pleas. a senior prison official said.
The Supreme Court last month upheld death sentences for the three militants, who included Mufti Abdul Hannan, the head of the Harkat-ul Jihad Islami group, for the attack on a Muslim shrine that killed three people and wounded the then British high commissioner.
The trio were convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the attack, which took place on May 21, 2004, after Friday prayers in the northeastern district of Sylhet.
The Bangladesh-born British envoy, Anwar Choudhury, was wounded in the leg. About 50 others were also injured.
Hannan and another convict, Sharif Shahedul, were executed in the Kashimpur jail while the other militant, Delwar Hossain, was hanged in Sylhet central jail, Mizanur Rahman, senior superintendent of Kashimpur Central Jail, told Reuters.