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Iraq Hangs 21 Terrorists, Murderers In Mass Execution

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Baghdad: The Iraqi Interior Ministry said that 21 convicted terrorists and murderers were hanged at Nasiriyah prison in the country’s south.

The men had been convicted under a 2005 counter terrorism law, which carries the death penalty.

Authorities did not give details about specific crimes, but as per an interior ministry statement, some of those executed were involved in two suicide attacks that killed dozens of people in the northern town of Tal Afar.

Since declaring victory over the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group in 2017, Iraq has put hundreds of suspected jihadists on trial and carried out several mass executions.

Iraq ranks fifth among countries that carry out death sentences, according to Amnesty International, which documented 100 executions in the country in 2019.

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