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Iranian police: Convict's family throws grenade trying to stop his execution, wounds 20
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 14, 2013 8:05 AM EDT
Iranian police say 20 people were wounded when relatives of a man convicted to death on murder charges threw a grenade in an attempt to stop his execution.
In Iran, capital punishment is most often carried out by hanging, usually inside prisons but sometimes also in public.
The police arrested the attackers and the execution was carried out. The wounded included policemen and spectators who came to see the hanging.
Murder, rape, armed robbery and kidnapping, along with drug trafficking, are all punishable by death in Iran. International rights groups have criticized Iran for its growing pace of hangings.