The Taliban hanged the eight-year-old son of a policeman who refused to cooperate with them in Helmand province. CNN reports:
An 8 year-old boy was hanged by militants in Afghanistan’s Helmand province after the boy’s father — a police officer in the southern city of Gereshk — refused to comply with militants’ demands to provide them with a police vehicle, officials said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the hanging, saying “this action is not permitted in any culture or any religions,” according to a statement Sunday, which provided details of the incident.
Karzai said he has ordered local authorities to root out the militants and arrest them “as soon as possible.”
The boy was kidnapped Friday. It was unclear when he was killed.
One would hope that incidents like these would stop President Karzai from calling the Taliban his “brothers.”
The Taliban are clearly seeking to intimidate the police in the south. In one district in Uruzgan, the Taliban appear to have been successful. Eleven policemen surrendered to the Taliban and turned over their weapons and a police pickup truck after their police commander was assassinated. From Pajhwok Afghan News:
The policemen laid down their arms in the Toshkan area of Khas Uruzgan district late on Friday night, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Milad Ahmad Mudassir said they had yet to receive details about the surrender, which was being investigated.
An intelligence agent, who did not want to be named, said the policemen had turned in a rocket launcher, several light weapons and a pick-up to the insurgents.
Abdul Hakim, a resident of the area, said the killing of their commander three days back had turned out to be a morale-buster for the local security personnel.
Members of the force in Khas Uruzgan are trying to quit their jobs, he said, claiming three of the men had been killed by the Taliban and their funeral prayers were offered in Toshkan today.
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