Iran hangs five including founders of PJAK

Iran hanged five members of militant PJAK group for various charges, including "moharebe" or waging war against God, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Iran hangs five including founders of PJAK

Iran hanged five members of militant PJAK group for various charges, including "moharebe" or waging war against God, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haydarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alam- Houli and Mehdi Eslamian were members of the outlawed Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which took up arms in 1984 for an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey and northwest Iran.

"The five, including one woman, were hanged inside Tehran's Evin prison on Sunday morning ... They confessed carrying out deadly terrorist operations in the country in the past years," Reuters news agency quoted IRNA as reporting.

The five were convicted in 2008. They were hanged after a Supreme Court upheld their death sentences.

IRNA said three of them were founders of PJAK group in Iran and were also involved in bombings that killed members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, an elite force that is separate from Iran's regular armed forces.

"Kamangar, Heidarian and Vakili started their armed activities to overthrow the Islamic establishment in 2003 by creating PJAK group in Iran," IRNA said, quoting their indictment.

"Four of them were also involved in a deadly mosque bombing (in the central city of Shiraz) in 2008."

The blast killed 14 people.

IRNA said Alam-Houli "confessed" to links with PJAK and that she had received orders from the group to carry out terrorist"acts to create instability in Iran.

"She was arrested when trying to plant a bomb underneath a vehicle near the Guards' headquarter in Tehran," it said.

Agencies

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