July 24th, 2011
01:22 PM ET

8-year-old boy hanged because father wouldn't help militants, officials say

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.

The incident comes amid a recent wave of attacks on local officials who are considered anti-Taliban. Read the full story

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  1. jj

    and i didnt make it up either. totally 100 percent true

    July 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

    Stop Killing the children

    August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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