AT-KABUL: A 12-year old would-be suicide bomber surrendered to police in northern Faryab province.
Faryab Police Chief, Sayed Agha Andarabi, told Afghanistan Times that Zakaria, 12, has saved his life and of many others by escaping the Taliban and surrendering to police in Chahar Shanbe Bazaar area of Qaisar district of the province.
He said that Zakaria was sold to the Taliban by his family for Afs700,000 and was trained by the militant group to carry out suicide attack in Qaisar district.
Zakria disclosed that six other children were with Mullah Qayom, the Taliban commander in Ghormach district. The 12-year old said that these children were also sold to the insurgents group by their families. The children are going through training to carry out suicide attacks.
Zakaria also revealed that the Taliban commanders motivate the children to target the police chief and other government officials in Qaisar district “to reach paradise”.
Andarabi termed use of children in terrorism by Taliban a weakness of the insurgents.
Police spokesman Sayed Masoud Yaqobi said that currently the child is in the juvenile center.
It is pertinent to mention that this is not the first time that Taliban using children for suicide attacks. A few months ago a minor girl was pushed by the Taliban to carry out suicide attack in Helmand. She was lucky and rescued by police.