Taliban executes boy, 7, accused of spying as Cameron visits Afghanistan

  • Boy hanged in Helmand province after being put on trial by militants
  • More than 40 killed and 77 injured after bomb rips through wedding
  • Cameron pledges extra £67m for British troops on first visit to country
Taliban militants have executed a seven-year-old boy they accused of being a spy, it emerged today.
The child was put on trial by his captors on Tuesday and found guilty of working for the government. He was then hanged in the village of Heratiyan, in the southern Sangin district of Helmand province.

Daoud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor condemned the act as 'horrendous.'
The execution came as 40 people - mainly children and teenagers - were killed after a suicide bomber targeted a wedding.
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Horror: Two of the young victims lie in hospital after a suicide bombing at an Afghanistan wedding left 40 dead
Another 77 were injured after the blast ripped through the party in Kandahar.
The latest outbreak of violence came as David Cameron arrived in Afghanistan for his first visit to the country since taking office.
The Prime Minister was holding talks with President Hamid Karzai in the capital, Kabul.
Since assuming the premiership a month ago, Mr Cameron has been determined to stress that the country - where 10,000 British troops are engaged in fighting the Taliban - is his number one foreign policy priority.
Mr Cameron has already met Mr Karzai once, at his country residence, Chequers, as well as speaking to him by telephone.
He also despatched a high-level ministerial delegation - comprising Foreign Secretary William Hague, Defence Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell - to assess the situation for themselves.
Mr Cameron's visit was being seen in Whitehall as rounding off a period of assessment and taking stock.
It is not thought that the new coalition Government is facing any immediate decisions in relation to Britain's military commitment in the country.
Hamid Karzai
Survivors: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said most of the victims of the bombing had been children
Earlier this week, following talks with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, Dr Fox made clear that he had no plans to switch British forces from Helmand - where the bulk are deployed - to Kandahar where the Americans are preparing a major offensive.
President Barak Obama has given US commander General Stanley McChrystal until the end of the year to assess whether his troop 'surge'£ is working and when they can start drawing down forces.
Speaking alongside Mr Karzai at his presidential palace, Mr Cameron announced an additional £67 million for the UK military force in Afghanistan to counter the threat from home-made bombs.
The number of British teams dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) will be doubled, said the Prime Minister.
He also announced additional aid funding for Afghanistan to build up its army, police and civil service capacity in what he said was 'the vital year' to make progress in stabilising the country.
Describing relations between the two countries as 'very, very important', Mr Cameron said he regarded Afghanistan as Britain's most important foreign policy and national security issue.
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Mourning: Men stand around coffins of blast victims outside a hospital in Kandahar city, Afghanistan
Mr Cameron said: 'My biggest duty as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is to our armed forces, to make sure that they have all the equipment and all the protection they need to do the absolutely vital job that they are doing here in Afghanistan.
'I'm pleased to announce today that we will be spending an extra £67 million on countering the IED threat and actually doubling the number of British teams that are there to counter the threat from these explosive devices.'
He added: 'I've described this year - and the President, I know, agrees - in terms of the Nato mission in Afghanistan as the vital year.
'This is the year when we have to make progress - progress for the sake of the Afghan people, but progress also on behalf of people back at home who want this to work.'
 
 
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