Two 10 Year-Old Suicide Bombers Arrested in Afghanistan
The Taliban promised the children they would be safe after conducting their attacks.
Three Taliban fighters and two young would-be suicide attackers are presented to media representatives with seized weapons in Kandahar. Two ten-year-olds who were pardoned by Afghan President around six months ago were caught again in Kandahar for planing to attack national and international forces, officials said. (AFP)
Police arrested two 10-year-old would-be suicide bombers in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, months after President Hamid Karzai pardoned the pair over a similar incident.
“The two ten-year old would-be bombers were arrested along with three other militants last week, while planning an attack on Afghan and international forces in Kandahar”, Zalmai Ayubi the provincial spokesman told AFP.
The children had two vests full of explosives when they were detained, he added.
They had previously been arrested by security forces, again wearing explosive vests but were reportedly released last August, along with 18 other children, after receiving a pardon from the Afghan President.
The two boys had gone to Pakistan after their release but were sent back to Afghanistan after being trained to conduct suicide attacks.
“They told me I would be safe after conducting a suicide attack,” one the boys Azizullah was quoted in a statement sent by Kandahar media office.
The boy said he was persuaded to carry out the attack at a training camp by militants who told him when “Americans fire at you… they will not be able to hit you”.
The second boy, named as Nasibullah in the statement, said he had been forced to join a militant team who handed him over to the Taliban.
“The Taliban forced me to fire a Kalashinkov… I was scared at first. They also taught me how to blow my vest, they showed me how to press the button in my hand,” he said, according to the statement.
“They then brought me to the city, asked me to sit on the side of the road and wait for foreign forces to come… I was there when two police came and arrested me.
It’s not the first time the Taliban has used children for suicide missions.
In 2007 the Taliban told a 6-year-old street child to go “spray flowers” on the Americans.
Afghan boy Juma Gul ,6, right, has lunch with his brother Dad Gul at a joint U.S.-Afghan military command center in Andar district of Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, June 23, 2007. The story of Juma Gul, who says he thwarted an effort by Taliban militants to trick him into carrying out a suicide bombing against U.S. troops provoked tears and anger at a weekend meeting of tribal leaders. Though the Taliban dismissed the story as propaganda, at a time when U.S. and NATO forces are under increasing criticism over civilian casualties, both Afghan tribal elders and U.S. military officers said they were convinced by his dramatic account. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
In 2009 the Taliban started buying up children for suicide bombings.
Of course, Obama wants to negotiate with these Taliban animals.