4 March 2017

Jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to Islamic extremism

In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, relatives and activists of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead, takes a farewell look during his funeral in the town of Al-Fuheis near Amman, Jordan. Nahad Hattar, the writer, had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media when an assailant killed him outside the courthouse. The shooter was a former mosque prayer leader motivated by anger over the cartoon, officials said at the time.
Jordan on Saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to Islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. It was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in at least a decade.

Among those killed in the attacks were a British tourist, an outspoken Jordanian critic of Islamic extremism and members of the Jordanian security forces.