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Iran Hangs 11 Members Of Sunni Militant Group

Source: RFE/RL

Authorities said the condemned men were members of Jundallah, which was said to have claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack in Chahbahar on December 15.

One of the victims of the terrorist attack in Chahbahar

An Iranian judicial official says authorities have hanged 11 members of a Sunni militant group that claimed responsibility for a devastating suicide bombing last week during a Shi'ite mourning procession.

Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the Sistan-Baluchestan provincial justice department, says the 11 were members of Jundallah and had been involved in terrorist attacks, clashes with police, and the killing of innocent people.

Jundallah is a shadowy Sunni militant group that claimed responsibility for a December 15 suicide bombing in Chabahar that killed 39 people and injured dozens.

The group has carried out sporadic attacks to fight what it says is discrimination against minority Sunni Muslims in predominantly Shi'ite Iran.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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