Iranian government has on Thursday announced that it executed a group of 20 ‘terrorist’ Sunni prisoners for committing several murders and undermining national security.
The terrorists, who were executed by hanging on Tuesday, were accused of carrying out a string of attacks against civilians and religious leaders in one of the Islamic republic’s biggest mass executions in recent years.
Speaking about the execution on Thursday in Tehran, the country’s Prosecutor General, Mohammad Montazeri, revealed that the men – members of a Sunni terrorist and criminal group in Kurdistan province – had killed dozens of people, including women and children.
Iran’s intelligence ministry earlier issued a statement detailing 24 armed attacks between 2009 and 2011, including bombings and robberies, allegedly committed by the group.
It said the extremists were responsible for the deaths of 21 people in three western provinces during that time.
It added: “102 members and followers of the… terrorist group were identified… some of whom were killed in armed clashes with police forces and some were arrested. Some of those arrested were sentenced to death while some received prison terms.”
In 2009, the group allegedly assassinated two Sunni religious leaders, Mamusta Borhan Aali and Mamusta Mohammad Sheikh al-Islam – a provincial representative of Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts.
Those hanged did not deserve mercy, IRIB state television quoted Montazeri as saying.
“These people had committed murder… killed women and children, caused destruction and acted against security and killed Sunni religious leaders in some Kurdish regions,” Montazeri said.