Young boys accused of spying are beheaded by Taliban
THE Taliban has beheaded two boys it accused of spying, authorities in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar said.
The youngest, aged 10, was known in the area for accepting food from police officers to feed his poverty-stricken family and was killed on Sunday.
The second boy was aged 16, according to details released by the governor of Kandahar, who condemned the killings as inhuman and un-Islamic.
Javed Faisal, his spokesman, said the two had been killed after collecting food from bins used by the Afghan police and army in the Zhari district, which may have led to suspicions that they were spies or anger that they were turning to Taliban enemies for food.
"We condemn this brutal act and will try to arrest those who did it," said Mr Faisal.
A spokesman for the Taliban denied the group was responsible and described the killing as a "crime" and "propaganda of the foreign invaders and their Afghan puppets".
The Taliban frequently kills those it believes are providing information to international forces but often denies any involvement.
Earlier, heavily armed Taliban gunmen – some wearing suicide vests – launched a pre-dawn attack near Kabul's main airport.
It was the third time in a month that insurgents had launched such an attack, part of a strategy to undermine the withdrawal of most NATO troops by the end of next year.
Seven Taliban fighters were killed. (©Daily Telegraph London)