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Militant hanged for attack on Indian parliament

A militant who plotted an attack on the India's parliament in 2001 has been hanged after his final plea for mercy was rejected.

An effigy depicting Afzal Guru is burnt in New Delhi before his execution. Credit: REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Mohammad Afzal Guru, who always denied being involved in the attack, was executed in Tihar jail, near New Delhi.

Afzal Guru was only the second person executed in India since 2004 - with the other being the sole survivor of the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

In 2001, five militants stormed into India's parliament carrying grenades, guns and explosives and killed ten people. All of the militants were killed in the attack.