Bangladesh has hanged six top Islamic militants convicted of murdering two judges in a November 2005 bomb attack.
Those executed on Friday included Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam the leader and deputy of the banned group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, which calls for strict Islamic rule (Sharia Law) in the secular, but largely Muslim, country. The hangings were carried out in four different prisons in Bangladesh. Police say they have returned the bodies to their families. Bangladesh's Supreme Court had turned down the militants appeal against the death sentence, and Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed rejected their appeals for clemency. Authorities say the outlawed group was also behind numerous bombings, including Bangladesh's first suicide attacks, which killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 150 in 2005. The bombings targeted judges, lawyers, journalists and politicians. These militants were particularly given death sentence for killing Judge Sohel Ahmed and Judge Jagannath Padey in November 2005 in Jhalakathi District , south of capital Dhaka. Our stringer in Dhaka , Amir Khasru has details: