Saudi Arabia seeking executioners

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Two years after Saudi Arabia nearly had to end beheadings because of the shortage of swordsmen, the oil-rich nation of 30 million people is taking a new tack – help wanted ads. This week the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service began advertising for eight additional swordsmen to conduct executions, lob the hands off of thieves, and perform similar duties. Beheadings are actually mandated under Sharia Law, although Saudi leaders considered adopting firing squads as an alternative in 2013 due to a lack of swordsmen.

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