Posted: June 10, 2010 in WORLD NEWZ

A 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy was hanged by Taliban militants, according to a report Thursday.

The child was allegedly put on trial by the militant group and later found guilty of working for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s government, reports the Daily Mail.

Karzai called the act a “crime against humanity.”

“I don’t think there’s a crime bigger than that that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit,” Karzai said.

The child was publicly hanged in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province.

“A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy,” Karzai added. “A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a seven-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a seven-year-old boy… is a crime against humanity.”

Violence is on the rise in June as the U.S. prepares a major summertime operation to cleanse the region of Taliban commanders.

At least 17 U.S. service members have been killed in the past four days, including four Americans who died Wednesday when insurgents in Helmand province’s Sangin district – one of the most volatile in the country and where the 7-year-old boy was hanged – shot down a NATO helicopter.

As news of the hanging unfolded, the war-torn country was hit with further tragedy as a suicide bomber hit a wedding party, killing at least 40 and severely wounding more than 70 people.

Several children were among the dead and wounded, reports show.

A Taliban spokesman denied responsibility for the deadly attack.

The governor of the province rejected the denial.

“The Taliban are doing two things at once,” Gov. Tooryalai Wesa said.

“On one side they target people who are in favor of the government, then at the same time they don’t want people to know their real face.”

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