The Taliban have beheaded two boys for spying in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials say.
The boys, 10 and 16, had been scavenging for food in bins near police headquarters when they were abducted.
They are thought to have regularly accepted food handouts from police. Analysts say the Taliban are known to target those suspected of colluding with police.
But the Taliban have denied responsibility in this incident.
Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi insisted to the BBC the group had not beheaded any children in the area.