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Delhi parliament attack plotter hanged

  • A Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India's parliament was hanged on Saturday after his final clemency plea was rejected.

    Mohammed Afzal Guru had been on death row since 2002. He was executed at Tihar jail near New Delhi.

    Five rebels stormed Indian parliament in the capital on December 13, 2001, killing nine people, including eight policemen, before they were shot dead by security forces.

    Afzal Guru had always denied being behind the attack, which also left the five rebels dead.

    India blamed the attack on the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group, which it claimed was backed by Pakistan.

    Afzal Guru was found guilty of providing the attackers with weapons and membership of Jaish-e-Mohammed.

    Two other people accused in the case were acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

    Executions are rare in India. Afzal Guru was the second person to be hanged since 2004, when Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving attacker from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was executed in November.