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11 June 2010 :: 17:06:56 pm 24814

Taliban Hang 7-Year-Old Allegedly Spying for Allied Forces

The Taliban rebels in Afghanistan have reportedly caught and hung a 7-year-old boy on Tuesday. The boy had allegedly been providing allied forces with information on Taliban movements.
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Afghanistan, the 11th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The execution, which has seen the Taliban thugs being branded internally as “inhuman” allegedly executed the boy after a hurried kangaroo court where the boy, allegedly the grandson of a village elder, was found guilty.

He was killed in the lawless Helmand province, heavily populated with allied soldiers, by being strung up on a tree and hanged. President Hamid Karzai has called the act a wicked murder and a crime against humanity, a full investigation into the matter is expected to be initiated.

“I don’t think there’s a crime bigger that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit. A seven-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A seven-year-old boy cannot be anything but a seven-year-old boy,” stated Karzai.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who arrived in Afghanistan yesterday to hold talks with Mr Karzai, added: “If this is true, it is an absolutely horrific crime. “As the president said, it is a crime against humanity and, if true, says more about the Taliban than any book or article or speech could ever say.”

A spokesman for the governor of Helmand province confirmed that the execution took place in the village of Heratiyan on Tuesday. An unnamed source stated that the boy had not been a spy but a had been informing local police and allied soldiers of explosives that he found planted in the roadsides.

The Taliban have been known to carry out killings on spies or suspected spies in the past. Three years ago a 70-year-old woman and a child were executed following very similar allegations.

The Helmand province, notorious for daily bombings and acts of violence against foreign soldiers and local citizens, saw another bomb blast kill 40 people at a wedding party in a housing complex this week. A further 77 were injured as the bomb ripped through the predominantly male gathering.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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