Iran hangs 20 prisoners over ‘armed attacks’

| Updated Mar 05, 2017 at 10:00am



Iran has hanged up to 20 Sunni Muslim prisoners it says were involved in armed attacks.

State media said the group was executed on Tuesday, and was responsible for killing women and children between 2009 and 2011.

Amnesty International says Iran which is predominantly Shia, executed at least 977 people last year. Rights groups have criticised the latest executions, saying the trials were unfair.

The US-based group, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, said one of the men hanged, Shahram Ahmadi, claimed that the entire case against him was built on a forced confession. None of the men's families was allowed to visit them before the hanging.

Prosecutor-general, Mohammad Javad Montazeri told the media that the men are from Kurdish areas and belonged to the extremist Tawhid and Jihad group.