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India Hangs Man for 2001 Parliament Attack

India has hanged a Kashmiri man convicted for his role in the 2001 attack on India's parliament.

Officials say Afzal Guru was executed early Saturday in Tihar prison in New Delhi. He was given a Muslim burial in the prison compound.

Guru had been on death row since 2002.

He was found guilty of planning the parliament attack. He was also found guilty of being a member of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Protests broke out in Guru's hometown, Sopore, after his execution, even though authorities had dispatched thousands of security forces across the Kashmir Valley to clamp down on any possible demonstrations and to enforce a curfew.



Indian President Pranab Mukherjee recently rejected a mercy petition for Guru.

Several rights groups have said Guru did not receive a fair trial.

In December 2001, five armed rebels stormed India's parliament and opened fire, killing nine people. All five men who carried out the attack were killed.

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