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Taliban deceive boys into becoming suicide bombers

Taliban insurgents are lying to Afghan families, telling them they will educate their sons, but instead they train and brainwash them to carry out suicide attacks, according to officials.

By Najibullah


KABUL – Several recent arrests indicate the Afghan Taliban are increasing the use of boys in suicide attacks because of frustration over their inability to recruit adults, officials and analysts say.

Afghan police in Panjwai District of Kandahar Province November 16 arrested a 12-year-old would-be suicide bomber from Pakistan, Attaullah Gul, and his alleged handler, Haji Ubaidullah, a November 17 Kandahar Governor House press release said.

Authorities arrested Attaullah, a resident of the Chaman area of Balochistan Province who received training in Pakistan, and Ubaidullah while they were on their way to carry out an attack in Kandahar Province, the statement said.

Security authorities in Laghman Province October 24 foiled several potential attacks by arresting Qari Usman while he was transporting 21 children to Pakistan for suicide bomber training, the authorities said.

Police turned over the children, all Nuristan Province residents between the ages of 7 and 15, to the Nuristan Province Peace Council (NPPC), which returned them to their families in the Doab region, NPPC Chairman Haji Halim told Central Asia Online.

Recruiting boys as soldiers

Taliban recruiters are deceiving families about their intentions, lying about their plans to give the boys a religious education when they actually plan to turn them into suicide bombers, officials and analysts say.

Militants often even resort to force, kidnapping impoverished boys who are susceptible to abuse, Khalid Khan, a special branch police officer, told Central Asia Online. And the militants have been known to molest the youngsters during their terrorism training, he added.

Children lack the maturity to make sound long-term decisions, Dr. Akbar Khan, a psychiatrist at the Peshawar Cantonment Board Hospital, said.

"They can be ... [induced] to do any act of violence including suicide bombings, as their mental state doesn't enable them to decide about such coercions," he said.

While Afghan forces apprehend many boys before they can carry out an attack, others change their mind at the last minute and surrender to the forces.

The National Directorate of Security has frequently shown repentant children to media.

Condemnation of child abuse

Afghan officials and civilians alike condemn the use of children to take the lives of innocent people.

Trusting Afghan families send their sons to Islamic schools in Pakistan but the Taliban and other militants train them to commit suicide attacks, Afghan resident Mohammad Amin said.

"Terrorists, disguised as teachers at these schools, deceive these children and youths by false promises of jihad and paradise," Amin said. "What they do is against the teachings of Islam."

The practice represents "oppression of Islam and cruelty toward children," Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, noting that such actions have killed innocent civilians.

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  • Death to the anti-patriot Taliban, as well as to the starving, infidel Pakistan!

    January 10, 2014 @ 07:01:51AM احمد کمال
  • This is a very bad work all of muslim have to condem that work by abdul wahed hussaini

    January 9, 2014 @ 05:01:46AM abdul wahed hussaini
  • In my opinion, this is not a new action. For more than 30 years, they abused the pure feelings of the Muslims and dragged this country to the verge of collapse. Alas, the poor people do not access to this article, in order for them to read and get the information, and to prevent their children [from doing so].

    January 4, 2014 @ 03:01:43AM اعظم ایوبی
  • Karzai is the next Shashjah. He will never hang the future Shashjahs. Had Karzai been hanged on the right time, then who could be here now to defend these little terrorist chicks?! Hence, this small terrorist chick is saved, only to defend Karzai's children in the future and to announce public amnesty. This way, he can [meaningless] soil and call himself a lion, as did his ancestors. Alas for him, alas, alas, alas!

    December 29, 2013 @ 02:12:54PM بشیر حکیم .
  • You write total lies

    December 11, 2013 @ 11:12:39PM aamir sohail
  • Very best news

    December 10, 2013 @ 12:12:38AM Pir muhammad khan
  • Pakistan army is great & world no#1 army Long live Pakistan

    December 7, 2013 @ 01:12:43PM waqas haider
  • I like my pakistan army

    December 6, 2013 @ 01:12:52PM Sabeen
  • This is what Imran Khan has also done on pretext of NATO supply and drone attack, supporters of Taliban are increasing in the province

    December 2, 2013 @ 05:12:25AM مشہود
  • unfortunately, we are responsible to some extent as we never took notice of the things happening right under our nose. and we miserably failed to nip the evil in the bud.

    November 29, 2013 @ 03:11:44PM mazhar shah
  • Very much horror

    November 28, 2013 @ 12:11:23PM fazal
  • I like pakistan army

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:11:10PM sanaullah
  • Allah make peaceful Pakistan

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:11:46AM namitali
  • Talban just trained children for suiside attack. Why dont they do it specially those who called themselves the leaders>>>>>>> it is just because they are afraid of death.

    November 26, 2013 @ 09:11:47PM iqbal