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Convicted Drug Smuggler Beheaded In Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, a Pakistani man convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into the kingdom has been beheaded.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement that Salman Khan Taj Mohammed was put to death for attempting to smuggle what it described as "a large quantity of heroin" into Saudi Arabia.

The state-run Saudi news agency SPA said he had confessed to the crime, was convicted by a court, and the death sentence was approved by the Supreme Court.

The report said he was beheaded in Dammam in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offenses, including rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery, and drug trafficking.

Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia executed 79 people last year.

Compiled from agency reports