Taliban Behead Two Children for Spying

Taliban Behead for Spying

The Taliban hates spying even more than Edward Snowden! Two children, a 10 year old boy and a 16 year old boy, were beheaded by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as punishment for spying.

The only problem? (aside from the excessive punishment…) They weren’t really spying – they were just looking for food. The boys had been foraging for food in bins near a police checkpoint in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar when Taliban militants caught them. The boys were both very poor and were thought to regularly accept police food handouts, which in Taliban-speak means they are huge traitors and possibly spies.

“The boys were on their way back … when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them,” the chief of Zhari district, Jamal Agha, told Reuters. “Both of them were innocent children and had nothing to do with government or foreigners.”

According to local officials, the Taliban beheaded the boys as a warning for the rest of the villagers not to cooperate with the police and the Afghan government.

Although the Taliban are well-known for their beheading, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said that this time the group was not involved. Well, I don’t know about that… there have been a lot of accusations in the past. In July last year in the same district, a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned. The next month, a girl aged six and a boy of 12 were kidnapped and beheaded in separate incidents in Kandahar and the east of the country. And in August, Afghan officials accused the Taliban of beheading 17 civilians, allegedly as punishment for attending a party where there was mixed-gender dancing.

Kandahar’s governor certainly doesn’t believe the Taliban. The Governor of Kandahar, Dr. Toryalay Wessa called the act inhumane and un-Islamic and has pinned the blame firmly on the militants. He  has commanded all the security forces in Kandahar to find those responsible for this action “with whatever casualties it takes to sacrifice, and at whatever price”. I’m pretty sure there are people working on that already – and it isn’t going so well (see: War in Afghanistan – 12 years and counting).

Via: BBC News

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