Iran hangs insurgent group leader

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The Independent Online

Iran's official Irna news agency said the leader of the Iranian Jundallah insurgent group Abdulmalik Rigi was hanged after months of interrogation and a trial.

Rigi, whose insurgency in the southeast destabilised Iran's border region with Pakistan, was captured in February as he was flying over the Persian Gulf en route from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.

Rigi pleaded guilty to charges of killing dozens of Iranians in several bombing attacks, Irna reported today.

Jundallah already claimed responsibility for bombing attacks that killed dozens in recent years, including five senior commanders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard last year.