Beheadings are becoming the Afghan murder method of choice. Now the latest victims are two young children, a 6-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, killed in two separate incidents.
Reuters reported the girl was beheaded on Thursday in the Taliban controlled village of Jalukhil . Local police chief Abdul Hamed said "We are not sure if she was beheaded by her family or the Taliban."
The 12-year-old boy who was kidnapped and beheaded on Wednesday was the brother of a member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), leading provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal to conclude his murder was the work of the Taliban. Faisal said "It's a Taliban warning to the ALP and to others who support the government."
The barbaric method of killing is not only favored by the Taliban, but was used in a family honor killing in July. Huffington Post reported a father beheaded his two children, aged eight and nine, after they witnessed him beheading his wife.
Less than a week ago Digital Journal reported the Taliban beheaded 17 people for attending a party with music and dancing. In an incident in July a 16-year-old boy was beheaded and skinned by the Taliban after he was accused of spying for the government.
Jawid Faisal said the deaths "could be a new tactic by the Taliban to behead civilians to intimidate the population."
The Pakistan Taliban has also adopted beheadings as their vengeance on Pakistan army soldiers. Digital Journal reported Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan sent a video of 12-severed heads to AFP.