Twisted Taliban militants took terror to a new low by accusing a 7-year-old boy of spying - and hanging him high
That outrage drew immediate condemnation from the Afghan president, who called the execution a "crime against humanity.
"I don't think there's a crime bigger than that, that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit
," Hamid Karzai
said Thursday. "A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy
The execution happened Tuesday in the embattled Helmand
province, said Dawoud Ahmadi
, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
"The innocent boy was not a spy, but he may have informed the police or soldiers about planted explosives," Ahmadi
told Central Asia Today.
"If this is true, it is an absolutely horrific crime
," added British Prime Minister David Cameron
, while on a stop in Kabul. "I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say."
The victim was reportedly the grandson of a tribal elder.
The Taliban has targeted tribal leaders who have supported the Karzai
government or took part in U.S
. directed reconstruction programs.
Hanging is a favorite Taliban terror method for getting rid of enemies - and sending a message to other would-be opponents.
Nor is this the first time the Taliban has killed kids. Three years ago, they strung up a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala
district on trumped up spying charges, Ahmadi said.
As news of the hanging unfolded, the war-torn country was hit with further tragedy as a suicide bomber hit a wedding party, killing at least 40 and severely wounding more than 70 people.
Several children were among the dead and wounded. Bits of flesh and severed limbs covered the site.
A Taliban spokesman denied responsibility for the deadly attack.
The governor of the province rejected the denial.
"The Taliban are doing two things at once,
" Gov. Tooryalai Wesa
"On one side they target people who are in favor of the government, then at the same time they don't want people to know their real face
Violence is on the rise in June as the U.S. prepares a major summertime operation to cleanse the region of Taliban commanders.
At least 17 U.S. service members
have been killed in the past four days, including four Americans
who died Wednesday when insurgents in Helmand
district - one of the most volatile in the country and where the 7-year-old boy was hanged - shot down a NATO
Source: NY Daily News
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