This is simply unfathomable:
Suspected Taliban militants publicly hanged a 7-year-old boy for spying in the militant stronghold of Helmand province, an Afghan official told the Associated Press.
The child was placed on trial by the Islamic extremist group and later found guilty of working for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government, the local official said.
Karzai on Thursday condemned the alleged act, calling it a “crime against humanity”.
Around the time of the child’s reported execution, insurgents also dragged a Kandahar provincial council member, Amir Mohammad Noorzai, from his house and fatally shot him, said local government spokesman Zalmai Ayoubi.
In the past, militants have carried out similar killings of those accused of spying, said Dawoud Ahmadi, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
Three years ago, a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala district of the province were executed following similar allegations.
These aren’t isolated incidents… these are seriously sick and demented people.
They deserve justice… meted out with extreme prejudice.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.