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Brave 11-year-old fighter killed by Taliban militants



An 11-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad, who has been praised by many for leading security forces in battle against the dreaded Taliban, has been shot dead by suspected militants who were on a motorbike.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the province’s governor, who confirmed the shooting, said gunmen on motorbikes shot the boy in the head at a market in Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan province.

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Nayab said immediately the incident occurred, Wasil was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to a better-equipped hospital in Kandahar, where he died of his head injuries.

The dreaded Taliban group which operates majorly in Afghanistan later claimed responsibility for the killing of Wasil on its website.

According to his uncle, Mullah Samad, an Afghan Local Police commander in the Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province, Ahmad had commanded a police unit for 43 days as it fought to repel a deadly 71-day Taliban siege.

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