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Iran says it executed 11 with ties to terrorist group

By the CNN Wire Staff
Iranians survey damage after July suicide bombings in Sistan-Baluchestan province that were claimed by Jundollah.
Iranians survey damage after July suicide bombings in Sistan-Baluchestan province that were claimed by Jundollah.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Iran says the 11 were linked to the Sunni group Jundollah
  • The group is most active in southeastern Iran, near the border with Pakistan
  • The U.S. designated it as a terrorist organization last month
  • The executions come about a week after an attack blamed on the group killed 32
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(CNN) -- Eleven people with ties to a terrorist group have been executed in Iran, a semi-official news agency in the country reported Monday.

The 11 were connected to Jundollah, a Sunni group also known as the People's Resistance Movement of Iran.

Most of the 11 "had played a part in killing innocent people, members of Iran's security forces, as well as kidnapping, gunrunning, drug smuggling" and other offenses, the semi-official Iran Labour News Agency reported.

The news agency quoted the of head of Sistan-Baluchestan province, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Vahidi, as its source on the executions.

The executions come about a week after bombings outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in Chabahar in southeastern Iran killed at least 32 people, an attack that authorities blamed on Jundollah.

The United States designated Jundollah as a foreign terrorist organization in November. Since the group's inception in 2003, the State Department says, it has killed or maimed Iranian civilians and government officials. The group engages in suicide bombings, ambushes, kidnapping and assassinations, the State Department says.

The group is most active in Sistan-Baluchestan province, in southeastern Iran near the border with Pakistan, the State Department says.

 
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