Afghan report: Taliban hang 7 year-old boy for ‘spying’

Several sources are repeating the claim: The Taliban executed a seven year-old boy because they thought he was spying for the Karzai government.

The original source for this is the Karzai government itself. So, you might wanna slug a pile of salt while eyeing the reports:

Taliban execute 7-year-old Afghan boy accused of spying
Jun 9, 2010, 12:25 GMT

Kabul – Suspected Taliban militants executed a 7-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government, a provincial official said Wednesday.

The child was captured by the militants in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.

‘The militants killed the 7-year-old boy in Heratiyan village of the district, on charges of espionage for Afghan government,’ Ahmadi said, citing information provided to police by relatives.

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June 10, 2010 5:04 AM
Taliban Hangs Afghan Boy, 7, for Spying

Taliban militants accused a seven-year-old boy of spying and hanged him earlier this week in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a local government official tells CBS News.

Provincial government spokesman Daud Ahmadi confirmed the incident which took place on Tuesday in the Taliban stronghold of Sangin, in Helmand. Ahmadi told CBS News’ Fazul Rahim the boy was hanged in public after a Taliban commander read a verdict out loud, accusing the youth of spying for international forces.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that, if confirmed by his national government, the hanging would be “heart breaking and shocking.”

Karzai spoke in Kabul at a joint news conference with Britain’s new Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in town for his first visit as head of state. Cameron said the alleged hanging would be a “horrific crime… a crime against humanity,” if proven.

The hanging comes as a Taliban commander in neighboring Kandahar province — the Taliban’s traditional home territory — tells CBS News that a suicide attack on a wedding party that left 40 people dead was “collective punishment” for villagers standing up to the Islamic militants’ control in the region.

A Taliban commander in the region told CBS Thursday he was unaware of the alleged hanging in Helmand.

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Taliban militants execute Afghan child
19:30, June 09, 2010

Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government in the latest wave of violent attacks have executed a seven-year-old child in their hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, Daud Ahmadi the spokesman for provincial administration said Wednesday.

“The armed Taliban rebels kidnapped an innocent seven years old and executed him in Sarewan Qala area of Sangin district on Tuesday,”Ahmadi told Xinhua.

The militants hang up the body of the child on a tree, he said.