Afghan insurgents kill 10-yr-old who joined militia

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Kabul: A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school, officials said on Wednesday. The deputy police chief of Uruzgan province, Rahimullah Khan, said the boy, Wasil Ahmad, was killed in Tirin Kot, the capital of the southern province. The boy had fought the Taliban alongside his uncle on many occasions, Khan said, adding that unknown gunmen he referred to only as insurgents had killed the boy near his home. AP
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