Taliban hanged Afghan boy to punish father: ministry

Taliban hanged Afghan boy to punish father: ministry

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.

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