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Saudi Arabia Says 47 Executed on Terror Charges, including Shi'ite Cleric
   2016-01-02 19:20:32    Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

A file picture taken in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on October 18, 2014, shows a protester taking part in a demonstration outside the Saudi embassy against the death sentence on Saudi Shiite cleric and anti-government protest leader, Nimr al-Nimr (portrait), after he was convicted by Saudi authorities of sedition. [Photo: Xinhua]

Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorism, including the prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimrits.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that most of those executed were involved in a series of attacks carried out by al Qaeda from 2003-06.

Iran has reportedly warned that executing Nimr "would cost Saudi Arabia dearly".

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