RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Two Saudi men were beheaded Wednesday for crimes including drug trafficking, robbery and raping several boys, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Saud bin Salem al-Matrafi and Ali bin Ahmed al-Huzaify were executed in the holy city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia.

The statement did not say when the crimes were committed or when the men were arrested.

So far this year, 41 people have been executed. Last year, 29 were beheaded.

Saudi Arabia's Islamic courts impose death sentences for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery. Executions are usually carried out with a sword in public.

Human rights groups have criticized the executions, saying suspects generally do not receive fair trials.