Militants Kidnap and Hang 8-Year-Old Son of Afghan Policeman


When Mohammad Daoud, an Afghan police officer, received a phone call demanding that he give his police truck to anonymous militants, he didn’t take it very seriously.  After all, members of Afghan security forces like Daoud who have access to official vehicles are often the targets of these kinds of threats.  When the callers said that they had kidnapped Daoud’s son, he dismissed them as irritating pranksters.  Little did he know that his son was indeed missing, and that in retaliation, the militants would strangle the young boy.

“I became angry,” Daoud said, recounting the conversation with the militants. “I used bad words and told him, ‘cut off his head.’  I didn’t think that they would kill my son,” he added. “They claim that they are religious people and wage jihad against evildoers.”

This tragedy is, according to the New York Times, part of a widespread pattern.  The Taliban is known for murdering children who have even the most tenuous connections to NATO or Afghan security forces.  Although the Taliban has denied involvement in this particular killing, it seems part of a larger strategy, both to make money and to send political messages.  The lives of children, and the families who lose them, are caught in the crossfire.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai denounced the murder, saying, “This action is not permitted in any culture or any religions.”  He said that he had ordered security forces to root out the militants.  But violence like this shows that militant groups are still powerful, even in areas of the country that NATO has turned over to Afghan control.  And they are willing to do whatever it takes to reassert control in rural Afghanistan, even killing children.  It also raises larger questions about how safe the civilian populations will be, as NATO hands over more and more provinces.

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Glen P.
Glen P6 years ago

Yay religion!

The ease of receiving news on these stories that the internet provides will help to end the evil force that is dogmatic religious beliefs that has plagued humanity for millenia.

It's already happening has the number of those who don't identify with any religious belief is rapidly growing.

The people who are infected by this shit are clearly sick in the head as evidenced by these 'religious militants' actions.

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

This is so sad. I feel so sorry for the little kid and his family. I can't believe that young children are getting pulled into a war with no point.

Seledi M.
Seledi M6 years ago

this is so sad... an innocent child, really?

Jill C.
jill c6 years ago

Like most of my Care2 brethren I am horrified by this story and the fact that an innocent 8 year old child was used as a pawn and victimized for for thuggish personal gains. At least this beautiful little child knew a live of love before the sinful theft of his life.

Now...if only we could act together to help the more than 30% of children in America who are beaten and abused every day by people who say they "love" them.

At least ONE person is trying to do something.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

I'm speechless...

Anja N.
Justin R6 years ago

Killing an innocent child - this only shows that these types are low-brow sub-humans.

Colleen Maranda
Colleen B6 years ago

I notice somebody comments that stories like this make her want to believe that Hell exists.

Stories like this are sufficient evidence for me, that we're already existing in Hell. I suspect our only means of escape is to let go of our own pitchforks. I suspect that we only punish ourselves and we can only liberate ourselves, because free will always prevails and - as Sri Yukteswar explains - “The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity.”

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Our prayers go to this boy, his family, and people like them all over the world.

Unforunately, in the Taliban areas of Afghanistan and NW Pakistan including FATA, there has been an upsurge in terrorism lately. It's because the extreme radicals think they've been successful in 'defeating' the U.S. They think because we're drawing down voluntarily in Afghanistan and Iraq and giving power to the people it's identical to the Soviet withdrawal. They also see the crisis of our debt ceiling as a sign America is disintegrating from within and they've achieved their goal of 'defeating the other superpower.'

Never mind the debt ceiling was artificially created in 1906 by Congress; the President could annul it. Never mind the Soviet Union imploded for many complex reasons, of which Afghanistan was but a symptom. Never mind we are withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan because the American people wish it and have voted for it-in their world all governments are dictatorships so they can't imagine that.

It's a crazy terrorist's wet meme and it's causing an upsurge in violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mostly it's Musharraf's fault for not clamping down on FATA 10 years ago, and now Pakistan is also a major casualty of Takfir Jihadis.

Janice S.
Janice S6 years ago

Derp H. Your argument makes no sense. Most mainsteam religions promote love and kindness!!! The so called religious leaders who advocate violence are usually evil people or mentally unstable people using their own warped version of religion to convince others to do his or her will not God's will.
ps. What have you got against good ole Barney ?

Janice S.
Janice S6 years ago

This is absolutely horrible! There is so much evil in the world. May God Bless the family of this little boy. I hope the people who commited this atrocity will get what they deserve. It is stories like this that make me need to beleive that there is a hell as well as a heaven.