Pakistan hangs four militants involved in 2014 school attack

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Pakistan authorities Wednesday hanged four militant over last year’s school attack, as the country prepares to observe the first anniversary of the incident.

The four convicts were executed in a jail in Kohat near the north-western city of Peshawar, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

State-run Pakistan Television also reported the execution.

The four were convicted by the special military courts set up after the attack in Peshawar to expedite the trial of terrorists.

Their last mercy appeals were rejected by the president last month.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif signed the death warrants on Monday, removing the last legal hurdle to their execution.

About 150 people, mostly schoolchildren, were killed when gunmen overran the army-run school on December 16, prompting Pakistan to set up the military courts and lift a moratorium on hanging.

So far more than 300 convicts have been hanged, amid criticism from international and local rights groups.

There are over 8,000 death row prisoners in Pakistan, according to the Interior Ministry.

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