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Iran hangs three over mosque bombing

world Updated: May 30, 2009 18:56 IST

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Iran on Saturday hanged three men in public accused of involvement in the bombing of a Shiite mosque that killed 25 people, an official said, branding them "terrorists" and "enemies of God."

The early morning executions took place near the mosque in southeastern Iran devastated by the bombing, official IRNA news agency quoted Hojatoeslam Ebrahim Hamidi, justice chief of Sistan-Baluchestan province, as saying.

At least 125 people were also wounded in the powerful blast, which rocked the Amir al-Momenin mosque in the Sistan-Baluchestan provincial capital Zahedan during evening prayers on Thursday.

"The terrorists Haji Noti Zehi, Gholam Rasoul Shahi Zehi and Zabihollah Naroui were hanged at 0700 IST near the Amir al-Momenin mosque in public," Hamidi told IRNA.

"They confessed to illegally bringing explosives into Iran and giving them to the main person behind the bombing," he added.

"They were convicted of being "mohareb" (enemies of God) and 'corrupt on the earth' and acting against national security," Hamidi said.

"They were arrested before the Thursday's bombing but they confessed that they had provided the explosives for the bombing.