Iran hangs four convicts

Iran's official news agency says the country has hanged four people following their conviction on charges of murder and kidnapping. The IRNA report says the hangings took place in southeastern city of Zahedan, some 1,600 kilometers southeast of Teheran. The report late Monday did not identify the convicts, only saying they were involved in kidnapping people as well as killing policemen. The region has been the scene of frequent clashes between police and drug smugglers as well as with the Sunni militant group Jundallah, which says it is fighting for the rights of Sunni Muslims under Iran's Shi'ite government. Iran accuses the group of having links to al-Qaida.