Detained teenage bomber paraded in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces detained a teenage would-be suicide bomber before he could strike a military base in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Monday.
The 13-year-old, Mirwais, son of Mahiuddin, a resident of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, had been tasked by Taliban militants with carrying out a suicide attack on the Bagh-i-Shirkat military base.
He was arrested by Afghan National Army and intelligence personnel after he visited the area, said Kunduz Governor Muhammad Omar Safi.
Parading the boy before journalists at a press conference here, Safi said the Taliban wanted to use the boy in staging a terrorist attack on the military base, but they failed.
Expressing his concern over the use of children in suicide attacks by Taliban, the governor claimed the militants were training more than 20 children in Qala-i-Zal district for staging terrorist attacks. He said such acts by the insurgents were against child rights.
Mirwais is actual resident of southern Kandahar province. His family sent him to Pakistan’s Karachi city for religious education two years back.
He told reporters that his teacher beat him and forced him to carry out a suicide attack on the military base.
He said his teacher claimed some insiders at the base would help him reach his target.
He also said about 20 children were currently being trained to become suicide bombers. The mentors included women, he said.
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