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`Taliban hanged Afghan boy to punish father`

The Taliban have been waging a brutal campaign against the Western-backed government and NATO and Afghan forces since their hardline regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion in 2001.



Kabul: Afghanistan`s interior ministry
today said that a young boy of eight brutally killed by
insurgents was hanged after his father, a policeman, refused
to join the Taliban.

The boy had been abducted from a bazaar in the
district of Gereshk in the southern province of Helmand.

"(He) was brutally hanged and his body was found on
Friday," an interior ministry statement said.

A senior ministry official said that the boy had been
killed after his father, a police official, had refused
demands from the Taliban to join the insurgency.

Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi rejected the
accusation as propaganda.

In a similar incident in June last year, the Taliban
reportedly hanged a seven-year-old boy in the same province,
accusing him of spying for the government.

The Taliban have been waging a brutal campaign against
the Western-backed government and NATO and Afghan forces since
their hardline regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion in
2001.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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