This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas [File: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo]

The US state of Oklahoma is planning to resume executing death row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death chamber mishaps, state officials announced on Thursday.

In a joint statement, Governor Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow said the state would resume executions using a three-drug lethal injection protocol. In a news release, the state said it has obtained a supply of the three drugs: midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

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The statement said the Department of Corrections intends to notify the state’s criminal appeals court that they are ready

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