Authorities in southern Afghanistan have blamed Taliban militants for a horrific attack on two young boys in Kandahar province. According to the provincial governor’s office, the militants abducted and beheaded the children on Sunday because they accepted food for their families from police.
The bodies of the boys were found in Zhari district on Monday. Their names have not been released, but authorities say one was just 10-years-old and the other was 16.
"The boys were on their way back (home)... when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them," Zhari cheif Jamal Agha tells Reuters. "Both of them were innocent children and had nothing to do with government or foreigners."
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi denied the terrorist group is responsible for the crime. They have been blamed for the beheading of children numerous times in the past. Last July, militants beheaded and skinned a 16-year-old boy they had accused of spying. The following month, a 6-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy were beheaded in separate attacks.
No other details on Sunday’s attack were available.
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