Taliban says it killed Afghan tribal chief

July 16, 2005 at 11:12 PM

ZABUL, Afghanistan, July 16 (UPI) -- The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and hanging of an Afghan tribal chief who was a supporter of President Hamid Karzai.

There are conflicting reports on how Malik Agha was abducted Friday in the Ataghar district of Zabul, reported the BBC Saturday.

Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi was quoted as saying the Taliban had hanged Agha because he said he was a spy for America, the BBC said.

The body of Agha was found later in the day Friday.

The Taliban have allegedly killed a number of Karzai's supporters as Afghanistan prepares for September's parliamentary elections.

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