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    SECURITY GUARDS BEHEADED IN SAUDI ARABIA

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Three Saudi security guards were beheaded in
    northern Saudi Arabia on Sunday after being convicted of trafficking
    hashish and using government vehicles to transport the drug, the Interior
    Ministry said.

    Khamis bin Mabrouk al-Sayeri, Nasser bin Mohammed al-Fahadi and Zidan
    al-Oqaili al-Anzi were arrested loading an undisclosed amount of hashish
    into vehicles belonging to Saudi border guards, officials said.

    The guards were later convicted of drug trafficking and breaching the
    state's trust for using the vehicles.

    They were beheaded in the northern border city of Arar, according to the
    Interior Ministry statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

    Sunday's executions brings to 13 the number of people executed here this
    year. Last year at least 52 people, mostly drug smugglers, were beheaded.

    Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people
    convicted of drug trafficking, murder, rape and armed robbery are executed.
    Beheadings are carried out with a sword in public.

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