Children among 8 held by foreign troops in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Two children were among eight people detained by foreign troops in central Logar province on Sunday, residents and local officials said.
The children were arrested in the Ahmadak area of the Bark-i-Barak district when a military tank of foreign troops came under a roadside bomb attack, the district chief, Mohammad Rahim Rameen, said.
The two between the ages of 14 and 15 were detained on the suspicion of link to the blast as they were standing nearby, the official said.
No one was hurt in the explosion that took place in the afternoon, Rameen said, adding the boys had confessed to their involvement in planting the bomb on the behalf of the Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the blast, but denied using children for carrying out such activities.
Elsewhere, six suspected militants, including two religious teachers, were arrested by foreign troops during a series of operations in the Baobos and Parokhel villages of Pul-i-Alam on Sunday morning.
Residents said the detainees were innocent and had no link with any rebel group. Nearly 200 residents from the villages staged a peaceful protest in front of the Governor's House, seeking the release of their men.
An official at the crime branch department, Col. Mohammad Jan Abid, said the operations in Baboos and Parokhel villages were conducted without consulting local security officials.
He said US troops had assured him that the detainees were suspects and would be freed, if proved innocent.
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