Iran hangs Jundallah rebel group leader

Written by: Devaki
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Tehran, Jun 20: Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of the Sunni rebel movement Jundallah was hanged in Iran on Sunday, Jun 20. He waged a deadly insurgency in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

The decision to hang Rigi was taken by Tehran revolutionary tribunal, reported the news agency IRNA.

Rigi was the head of the armed counter-revolutionary group in the east of the country. He was responsible for armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary prople. He was also a murderer, reported the news agency.

He was captured in February during a spectacular attempted hijacking. He led a shadowy Sunni militant group called Jundallah (Soldiers of God) that had waged a deadly insurgency in southeastern Iran killing civilians as well as military officials.

Iran accuses that the group was backed by the United States.

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