KOHAT - Four terrorists involved in Army Public School (APS) Peshawar and other attacks were hanged at Kohat Central Jail early Tuesday.

The executions were carried out in Kohat and the bodies were handed over to relatives, a prison official told AFP.

A senior security official confirmed the hangings. “These prisoners were given death sentence by military courts on the charges of facilitating suicide bombings, causing damage to educational institutions, providing explosive materials to suicide bombers, providing vehicles to terrorists and murder of armed forces personnel,” the official said.

No details of specific incidents were released. The four were sentenced in April.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had signed the black warrants of Noor Saeed alias Hafiz Sahib, Murad Khan, Inayatullah and Israruddin alias Abu Lais earlier this month.

An ISPR statement issued at the time said the men were convicted for “slaughtering, suicide bombing, abduction for ransom and funding terror organisations”.

Earlier this month, four terrorists involved in the Army Public School attack were also hanged here. Local and international rights groups have criticised the military courts established in January, saying they fail to meet the standards necessary for a fair trial and lack transparency.

Rights groups have also criticised the resumption of executions, accusing Pakistan of hanging an estimated 300 people in less than a year - the majority of whom had not been convicted of extremism. No official figures are available.