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Baghdad: The Iraqi authorities executed 11 convicts accused of being members of the Islamic State (IS) group, a security source said on Wednesday.

The 11 convicts were hanged on Tuesday in the Nasiriyah Central Prison in the city of Nasiriyah, some 350 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an officer in the prison told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The source said that a team from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice supervised the implementation of the death sentence, after completing all legal procedures, including the ratification of the Iraqi president.

After the Iraqi forces defeated the IS in Iraq late in 2017, hundreds of IS loyalists were killed or captured, while many others are still at large in hideouts in Iraq or abroad.

The death penalty in Iraq was suspended on June 10, 2003, but has been reinstated since August 2004.

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