The four militants - Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali,Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahya - were executed in a civil jail in Kohat near Peshawar.

All of them were convicted by the special army courts set up after Peshawar massacre for speedy trial of militants.

The executions come as the country prepares to observe the first anniversary of the attack on December 16.

The attack by Taliban gunmen on the army-run school in Peshawar, considered to be the country's deadliest extremist attack, killed 150 people, mostly children.

So far about 300 convicts have been hanged in the country, upsetting local and international human rights groups.

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