Iran hangs 7 people, making for 21 executions since year's start

Iran executed by hanging seven men convicted of murder and drug smuggling, local media reported on Thursday, bringing to 21 the number of people executed since the beginning of the year. The state-owned Iran newspaper reported that two men identified only by their first names were hanged on the charge of murder Wednesday in the southern town of Jahorm, some 1,100 kilometers south of the capital, Teheran. Another local daily, Jomhuri Eslami reported three smugglers and two murderers were hanged in the eastern city of Birjand and the northern town of Tonekabon respectively on Wednesday and Tuesday.