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Iran to execute 14 convicted in 2006 terror attack

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  • Twenty-two civilians killed, six wounded during attack on highway
  • Jundullah group claimed responsibility, provided footage, Press TV said
  • Government invites public to attend executions on Tuesday morning
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(CNN) -- Fourteen people convicted in connection with a 2006 attack on civilians will be publicly executed Tuesday in Iran, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported Monday.

Abdolhamid Rigi, brother of Abdolmalek Rigi -- identified as the leader of the Jundullah terrorist group -- will be executed along with 13 others, Fars reported.

The news agency cited a statement from the Judiciary of the Province of Sisan and Baluchestan as saying the 14 were "convicted of warring against God, being corrupt on Earth, killing innocent people and taking hostages while carrying firearms during the terrorist attack in Tasooki and Darzin in Bam."

The executions are scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at a park in the provincial capital, Zahedan, according to the news agency. "The judiciary has asked the people of Zahedan, particularly the families of the victims, to attend the execution."

On March 25, 2006, armed militants shut down the Bam-Kerman highway in southeastern Iran and fired on passing cars, according to Iran's government-funded Press TV. Twenty-two civilians were killed and six were wounded.

Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack and provided Arab television channels with video footage of the incident, some of which was broadcast, Press TV said. The group is also thought to be responsible for other incidents.

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