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India hangs separatist involved in 2001 parliament attack

Published on Feb 9, 2013 11:29 AM
In this file photograph dated 16 December 2002, Delhi police escort Mohammed Afzal Guru (C) to court in New Delhi. Guru, a fruit seller who was sentenced to death for taking part in the plot to attack India's parliament in 2001 was executed on February 9, 2013 after his final mercy plea was rejected. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India executed a Kashmiri separatist on Saturday over his role in a deadly attack on parliament in 2001 after his final mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, officials said.

Mohammed Afzal Guru, a former fruit seller, was hanged at Tihar Jail at around 7:30am (0200 GMT), becoming only the second person to be hanged in India in nearly a decade, officials said.

"Yes, he has been hanged," Home Secretary R.K. Singh said in brief comments to AFP.

Guru was found guilty of conspiring with and sheltering the militants who attacked the parliament in December 2001, an incident that brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

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