British soldier killed by Afghan boy for $80

August 7th, 2011 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban London, Aug 7 (IANS) A British soldier was blown up by a boy in Afghanistan for just $80 he was promised for the act, a media report said.

Stephen Curley, 26, died instantly when the 14-year-old set off a roadside bomb, The Star newspaper reported Saturday.

When Aga Wali went to collect his cash, Taliban militants broke their promise and refused to pay up, telling him he should have been fighting for religious reasons, not money.

The boy was left feeling betrayed, and confessed to the crime days later after his dad turned him in to police.

The teenager had been jailed but it was not known for how long or whether he is still in custody.

Curley was leading a patrol in Helmand province in May last year when he was killed. An inquest in Exeter, Devon, heard he was targeted as patrol leader in a new Taliban tactic and was easily identified by the radio aerial in his backpack.

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