Pakistani Taliban use children for suicide attacks: NDS
Three would-be suicide bombers from Pakistan's tribal areas were paraded before journalists and allowed to answer questions at a press conference in Kabul.
Akhtar Nawaz, 14, a resident of Darbakhel area of Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, told reporters he learned using weapons from two Pakistani trainers.
He received training at a religious school, Qari Jamat Madrasa, in Miranshah. "We were told Americans have occupied Afghanistan and a jihad is ongoing there. Anyone who launches suicide attack directly goes to heaven," he said.
He sneaked into Khost province from the Ghulam Khan area with the help of two Pakistanis -- Yaro and Qahar -- to conduct an attack against the Afghan army.
"When I arrived in Khost, I realised that Afghans are not infidels and there is no jihad ongoing. I changed my mind and surrendered to security forces," the teenager added.
Another alleged bomber, Ghamai, alias Janan, a resident of Deh Khwaja village in the ninth district of southern Kandahar City, said he was forced to carry out a suicide blast. "A suicide attack organiser, named Mirwais, invited me to join a Taliban group."
After some days, he said, Mirwais phoned him to come to Spin Boldak. "When I met him and another man, named Naeem, they blindfolded me and took me to Mullah Ahmad, their group leader, in the Chaman border town of Pakistan," Ghamai recalled.
He quoted Ahmad as telling him: "Be ready for a suicide attack. Your family will be given 500,000 rupees ($5802) and you will go to heaven. If you refuse, we will kill you and all your family members."
Mirwais and Ahmad told him stories of jihad by Caliph Hazrat Abu Bakar (RA) against infidels. "Jihad is a duty of every Muslim in Afghanistan because there are Americans and I agreed to go to heaven by launching a suicide attack."
After ten days, Ahmad phoned the 19-year-old from Chaman and warned him of killing his family if he defied their instructions. "So I agreed and headed to Chaman for receiving explosives, but security forces arrested me," Ghamai said.
A third detainee, Yasir, a resident of Darah Adamkhel area of Khyber tribal region, also claimed he was encouraged by Mohib, Hajji, Amir Sahib and Zahab to conduct suicide attacks in Afghanistan.
"Security forces arrested me when the imam of Tarakhel Mosque, Zainul Abidin, took me to Mahtarlam for a suicide attack. I am so happy in jail because I did not kill innocent Muslims. There is no as such thing in Afghanistan as we were told. Suicide attacks and Jihad are not applicable here."
The NDS spokesman said the Tarakhel Mosque imam in Deh Sabz district of Kabul had been arrested. Mashal accused the detainee of cooperating with the Taliban and storing explosives for insurgents in his house.
"The enemies of Afghanistan deceive youngsters with anti-Afghanistan and anti-America films to commit suicide attacks and sometimes they threaten teenagers to carry out assaults attacks," Mashal added.
Ninety percent of suicide attackers came from Pakistan, with 10 percent of them encouraged to carry out attacks in Afghanistan, he said.
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