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article imageGirl, 6, boy 12, beheaded in Afghanistan

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 1, 2012 in World
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.
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