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Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 22:59 GMT
Afghan boy executes father's killer

The Taleban adhere to a strict version of Islam


Thousands of spectators gathered on Sunday to watch a 10-year-old Afghan boy execute a man convicted of murdering his father.

At a football stadium in southern Kandahar, the boy shot the man several times with a rifle held in position by a soldier from the ruling Taleban movement.


You should take lessons and be grateful that you live under an Islamic government
Afghan cleric
Under the Taleban's strict interpretation of Islamic law, relatives of a victim carry out the death sentence.

The boy, who was the eldest male member of his family, was accompanied by his mother, sister and six-year-old brother. It is not clear how or when the boy's father was killed.

A Taleban official said the movement's supreme leader - Mullah Mohammad Omar - had given his approval to the execution by the victim's heir.

Amputation

During the event, a man found guilty of highway robbery had his right hand and left foot amputated by two surgeons in black uniforms and masks.

Simple theft is punished in Afghanistan with the amputation of the right hand. But those found guilty of highway robbery have both a hand and a foot removed.

An elderly cleric told the all-male onlookers at the Kandahar stadium: "You should take lessons and be grateful that you live under an Islamic government."

Kandahar is the home and base of the Taleban movement which is still locked in fighting with its rival northern alliance.

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