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Another Afghan man is beheaded
Taleban fighters in Zabul
The Taleban treat alleged spies mercilessly
Taleban rebels in Afghanistan say they have beheaded another man in the east of the country for being a spy.

He is at least the seventh person they have beheaded in the past week in the south and east of the country.

The deaths were reported in the provinces of Kandahar, Ghazni and Helmand.

A Taleban spokesman said that the Afghan authorities were deploying many spies among them - some of whom were caught with laser devices.

He said that these enable air attacks to hit Taleban targets.

The Afghan authorities say that many of those beheaded by the Taleban are ordinary citizens with no links to the Afghan government or foreign forces.

"The Taleban are cowards by killing innocent, defenceless and poor people. They want to create the climate of fear among villagers," a senior intelligence official in Ghazni province told the BBC News website.

International forces have killed about 40 Taleban commanders in the past six months including two senior leaders, Mullah Dadullah and Akhtar Usmani.

At the beginning of the year, Nato said its strategy would be to target Taleban commanders.




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