SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Sixty-one people were executed in western China in one day as part of a 100-day-long ``severe punishment'' drive aimed at cracking down on crime, state media reported.

The executions held Friday in the city of Chongqing followed those of 71 people who were killed June 25 by firing squad.

Among those executed in Chongqing were 33 people convicted of murder, 20 armed robbers, a kidnapper, three rapists and four people convicted of assault, the Chongqing Evening News reported Friday.

The newspaper did not give any names, sexes or ages for the convicts or details of their crimes. It also did not say how the condemned were killed. Most executions in China use a bullet to the head or neck, but lethal injection has been used as well.