Two children have been beheaded in separate incidents in Afghanistan, police and officials have confirmed.
A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, his severed head placed near his body to send a warning to police, said provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal. Local reports suggest the boy's brother is a member of the Afghan Local Police.
Separately, a six-year-old girl was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday, said provincial police chief Abdul Hamed.
"We are not sure if she was beheaded by her family or the Taliban, but we know the Taliban control the area," Hamed said of the killing in Jalukhil village. He added that he could not send investigators to the area out of fears for their safety.
More top news
Ultimo underwear founder Michelle Mone is reportedly to be made a Conservative peer.
Charities could face criminal sanctions for bullying the public into giving money, their regulator has warned.
A 'fat tax' could be imposed on the cremation of bodies in Liverpool that require a coffin 30 inches wide or more.