Monday, October 1, 2007

Taliban Hangs 15 Year Old Teen

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A 15-year-old was hanged yesterday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan by Taliban militants who caught him with U.S. currency, a local security official says.

The Associated Press says the killers stuffed five $1 bills in the dead teen's mouth. "The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars," Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin tells the news service.

He explains the rationale for the killing to AFP. "Taliban simply hanged him because they found a five-dollar note in his pocket," Wali says. "They said the boy was spying for foreign troops. But he was neither spying for foreign troops nor for us. He was just a kid."

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