Afghan Suicide Bomber “Aged 12” Slaughters 4


The Taliban on Saturday declared a new series of high-profile attacks against foreign troops and Afghan officials (Reuters)

The BBC reported:

A suicide bomber said to be aged 12 has killed four people in east Afghanistan, one of several attacks a day after the Taliban announced a spring offensive.

A dozen people were injured as the suicide bomber struck a crowded market in Paktika province, killing a local official, a woman and two other men.

In Ghazni City, a gunman opened fire at a police checkpoint, killing two police officers and two civilians.

A bicycle bomb near the city’s police station wounded 13 civilians.

The BBC’s Paul Wood in Kabul says some believe the suicide bomber, if he was 12, would be one of the youngest ever to have staged such an attack.

He says by one count there are more than 150 would-be suicide bombers between 13-17 years of age who have been intercepted by the Afghan security forces.

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