Saudi Arabia Beheads 2 Sri Lankans Convicted of Killing an Accountant

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have beheaded two Sri Lankans convicted of robbing and killing a Sudanese man.

An Interior Ministry statement says the two approached Mohmed Abdul Rahman as he left his office in Riyadh, walked him to his car where they shot the accountant and stole his money.

The beheading Friday is Saudi Arabia's first in the new year.

The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed with a sword.

According to an Associated Press count in 2008, 92 people were beheaded. Another 137 were beheaded in 2007 compared to 38 a year before.