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Taliban kills Afghan young man on charge of espionage
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11:24, January 19, 2008

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Taliban insurgents have killed a young man on charges of "spying" for Afghan and foreign troops in Musa Qala district of southern province Helmand, an official said Friday.

"Abdul Wali, 22, a civilian and seller at a local market with a cart, was found hanged on a tree Friday morning," Mullah Salam, the newly-appointed district chief of Musa Qala, told Xinhua via phone.

A letter left near the civilian's dead body warned that any others working as spy for Afghan government and foreign troops would be treated in the same way, according to officials.

The man, married, was kidnapped by the militants Thursday evening on his way home, local Taliban told media, saying there were reports indicating his involvement in spying activities.

Killings of people on charge of "espionage" have been common in remote Afghan regions, especially the southern provinces where Taliban-led militancy has been active since the Taliban regime fell six years ago.

Rising militancy-related violence in Afghanistan claimed over 6,000 lives in 2007, the bloodiest year sine 2001.

NATO military commanders and local analysts have expected an upsurge of militancy this year in the post-Taliban nation.

Source: Xinhua

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