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    Yakub Memon was executed just before 7:00 a.m. (01:30 GMT) in Nagpur Central Prison in central India.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — India’s Yakub Memon, convicted of helping to organize the deadly Mumbai bombings in 1993, was executed by hanging on Thursday morning, local media reported.

    According to the NDTV channel, the execution took place just before 7:00 a.m. (01:30 GMT) in Nagpur Central Prison in central India.

    The country’s Supreme Court rejected Memon’s last-minute petition to stop the execution just hours before the execution took place.

    On Wednesday, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the second mercy plea from Memon.

    Memon was first convicted in 2007 for his role in plotting a series of blasts in the city of Mumbai. The attack claimed the lives of 257 people and was reportedly to avenge the deaths of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

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