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Iran hangs 16 in revenge for border attack

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Iran hangs 16 “rebels” in revenge for an attack by an unspecified armed group on the country’s border with Pakistan that left 14 border guards dead.

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The attack took place near the Iranian town of Saravan, in south east  Iran on Saturday. State television said the armed group had crossed the  border from Pakistan and ambushed the guards, before fleeing back out  of the country.

Hours later 16 rebels were executed, local judicial official Mohammad Marzieh was quoted as saying.

The  report provided few other details of the hangings. It did not mention a  trial, suggesting the prisoners may already have been convicted and  sentenced to death, and their executions moved up after the ambush.

State  news agency IRNA said Iranian authorities are now investigating if the  attack was by drug smugglers, who operate in the mountainous area, or an  opposition group.

More than 100 people have been executed in Iran  this year, according to Amnesty International. Death sentences are most  commonly handed out for drugs offences.

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