Taliban Hangs 8-Year-Old Afghan Boy

Father refused to give militants a police vehicle
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2011 1:24 PM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai in this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)
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(Newser) – The Taliban has hanged an 8-year-old boy, in tragic retribution after the boy's cop father refused to give militants a police vehicle, reports CNN. The child was kidnapped Friday in the southern province of Helmand, and killed at an unknown point after that. President Hamid Karzai condemned the boy's execution, calling it an action "not permitted in any culture or any religions," and calling for the immediate arrest of those responsible. This is the latest in increasing Taliban attacks as Afghan troops begin taking over security. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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