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Afghan children beheaded

Two children have been beheaded in separate incidents in Afghanistan, police and officials have confirmed. The Taliban has denied reponsibility for murders, which have been condemned by Amnesty International.

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Amnesty International condemns child beheading

Amnesty International has condemned reports that a 12-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were beheaded in separate incidents in Afghanistan.

These two acts of despicable killings of children in Kandahar and Kapisa provinces must be subject to prompt, independent and thorough investigations – those responsible must be held to account in trials that meet international standards of fairness, without use of the death penalty.

Reports that the young boy was killed by the Taliban to avenge his brother’s service with the Afghan Local Police highlight the challenges in establishing rule of law in Afghanistan. The Taliban have denied responsibility. In the past, Afghan insurgent groups have targeted civilians – including children – for their perceived allegiance to the government.

– Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia Polly Truscott

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