Published On: Wed, Jul 11th, 2012

Taliban using children as suicide bombers, 3 kids arrested with bombs

Just outside of Kandahar, the Taliban’s former central command in Afghanistan, two children and one teenage have been arrested with bombs and remote control devices.

The report says that fears have escalated that the Islamic extremists are using more and more children as suicide bombers.

Ages 8, 12 and 17, the three  were arrested in Zharay district, Xinhua reported citing Kandahar province spokesman Jawed Faisal.

All three minors were carrying multiple improvised explosive devices and homemade explosives.

Unicef spokesman in Kabul, Aziz Farotan, said at least 316 children under 18 were recruited by militant outfits in 2011 to fight against the government.

The Taliban are yet to admit recruiting children for fighting against the government; however, Afghan officials said Taliban-run madrassas in Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan train young students in terror tactics and send them to Afghanistan to fight.

This was not the first time security forces reported arrest of underaged children in terrorist activities.

In August 2011, Afghan President Hamid Karzai set free from a juvenile detention centre in Kabul around two dozen would-be children suicide bombers, the youngest of them aged only eight.

When the potential bombers were brought before journalists, an 11-year-old boy said his teachers told him to “just get close to a group of foreign soldiers and touch these two wires together”.


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