Taleban militants accused of beheading two Afghan boys
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - The Afghan authorities on Monday accused Taleban militants of beheading two children for spying, but insurgency leaders denied the gruesome charges.
The boys, aged 10 and 16, were beheaded on Sunday in the southern province of Kandahar after they collected leftover food from a police post, provincial police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi told Agence France-Presse.
"The children used to go to a police checkpoint to collect food and other things thrown away by police, so the Taleban thought they were spies and abducted them and beheaded them," Mr Afridi said.
"They were poor children who lived on collecting scraps and leftovers," he added, saying that villagers found the two boys' bodies in a remote area of Zhari district and informed the police.