Death Sentence: Saudi Arabia Executes 47 Prisoners On New Year’s Day

Death Sentence: Saudi Arabia Executes 47 Prisoners On New Year's Day

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday who had been convicted of various terror acts spread out over the course of a decade, the interior ministry said.

The executions were carried out in 12 different locations. Four convicts were beheaded, an official statement read. It did not mention the other methods of execution.

The executed men believed in extremist ideology and were members of terror groups, the ministry said. And they were convicted of plotting and carrying out attacks against civilians going back as far at an attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in 2004.