February 14, 2007 -- Iran has hanged three people for carrying out deadly bombings in southwestern Khuzestan Province one year ago.
Reports say the executions were carried out in front of the victims' families. The bombing in January 2006 took place in the provincial capital of Ahvaz.
More than 10 people have been executed for involvement in recent attacks in Ahvaz. The oil-rich province has a large ethnic-Arab population.
(Fars, AFP, Reuters)
Iran's Arab Minority
The aftermath of a car bombing in Ahvaz on June 12, 2005 (epa)
DISCONTENT IN THE SOUTH: There are approximately 2.07 million ethnic Arabs in Iran (3 percent of the total population of 69 million), most of them living in the region around the southern city of Ahvaz. The region has been the scene of numerous terrorist attacks and demonstrations over the years. Arab groups cite historical grievances, and they bemoan inadequate attention to their culture and language by state media....(more)