updated 7/14/2009 2:49:35 AM ET 2009-07-14T06:49:35

Authorities have hanged in public 14 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group blamed for bombings and killings in southeastern Iran, state radio said Tuesday.

The report said the executions took place in the city of Zahedan, some 930 miles southeast of Iran's capital Tehran.

The 14 included Abdulhamid Rigi, brother of Abdulmalik Rigi, the leader of Jundallah, or soldiers of God, a Sunni Muslim group that Iran says has close ties to "foreign forces" in neighboring Afghanistan, a possible reference to the al-Qaida terror group.

It quoted Zahedan's prosecutor, Mohammad Marzieh, as saying the men were hanged for killing dozens of civilians, policemen and for bombings in the area.

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