Saturday, 01 September 2012 17:15
The Taliban said Saturday that none of its men were involved or even aware of the beheading of a boy in southern Kandahar province this week.
Spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi rejected the blame laid on the Taliban for the beheading of the 12-year-old, adding that the group also condemned the attack.
"We reject and we condemn this incident. It's the doing of irresponsible people," Ahmadi told TOLOnews Saturday. "We asked all our fighters in Kandahar and none of them were aware of the incident."
"The boy was innocent," he added.
The 12-year-old boy was kidnapped on Wednesday and killed in the Panjwai district of Kandahar. He was later found with his severed head placed near his body.
The death was a warning by the Taliban to the boy's brother who worked with the Afghan Local Police in Kandahar's Zherai district, according to district governor of Zherai Fazil Mohammad.
The brother of the boy is a threat for the Taliban and was "preventing the Taliban's activities in the district," Mohammad said.
It comes as a 6-year-old girl was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday.
A local official told TOLOnews that the body of the girl was found in a garden in the province but it remains unclear whether "she was beheaded by her family or the Taliban, but we know the Taliban control the area."
Kapisa police said that they have started investigating the incident.
No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility.
The beheadings follow the shooting and beheading of 17 civilians at a party in southern Helmand province early this week, which was also blamed on the Taliban, but was denied by the group.