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Five men were hanged in Puli Charkhi prison in Kabul

Five men were hanged in Puli Charkhi prison in Kabul

Five men were hanged in Puli Charkhi prison in Kabul

Afghan authorities have executed five men convicted of armed robbery and gang rape in a case that galvanised the nation this summer.

The men were hanged in Puli Charkhi prison in Kabul, the capital's police chief General Mohammad Zahir Zahir said.

In August, eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped an Afghan family's car outside Kabul and sexually assaulted four of the women in the family, including one who was pregnant. Three of the suspects remain at large.

The five were convicted and sentenced to death last month. Former president Hamid Karzai approved and signed the execution order on his last day in office.

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