Iraq Executes 27 Convicts by Hanging

Iraq has executed 27 "terrorists" convicted by Iraqi courts of killings and rapes in several provinces, the government said Thursday.

The 27 were executed in Baghdad on Wednesday, the government's media office said in a brief statement. It did not provide further details.

A senior justice official said all 27 were Iraqis, and two had been convicted of terrorism-related charges. The other 25, including one woman, were convicted of murder and kidnappings.

The sentences were carried out by hanging, the official said, requesting that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to the media about the executions.

Countrywatch: Iraq