Iran hangs sixteen "rebels"
An Iranian surface to surface Zelzal missile is driven past portraits of Iran's late founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Khomeini . (Image credit: Getty)
Iranian authorities on Saturday have reportedly hanged 16 “rebels” of an unspecified armed group in retaliation for the death of 14 border guards near the frontier with Pakistan, according to a report in Al Arabiya.
The 16 were executed on Saturday morning hours after the rebels ambushed the border guards near the town of Saravan in southeast Iran, local judicial official Mohammad Marzieh told the semiofficial Fars news agency.
The official Iranian news agency described the group as “bandits or rebels opposed to the Islamic republic.”
Five other guards were wounded in the attack, the agency added.
Drug smugglers have occasionally ambushed Iranian troops in the area. Ethnic Baluch armed groups also operate there, but recently have been much less active.
The report provided few other details. It did not mention a trial, suggesting the prisoners may already have been convicted and sentenced to death, and their executions moved up after the ambush.