Taliban Use Child Suicide Bomber

Using 12-year-old for attack inhumane, un-Islamic: Karzai
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2011 3:06 PM CDT
Relatives wrap the body of a civilian, who was killed during a clash of militants with policemen in Ghazni southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, May 1, 2011.    (Rahmatullah Nikzad)

(Newser) – On the first day of its promised spring offensive, the Taliban used a 12-year-old boy as a suicide bomber in an attack today that killed four civilians, President Hamid Karzai said, calling the child's recruitment inhumane and un-Islamic. It was one of several attacks across the country that killed seven people, government officials said.

The suicide bomber detonated a vest packed with explosives inside a bazaar in the Barmal district of Paktika province, 160 miles southeast of Kabul, on the border with Pakistan. The blast killed four civilians and wounded 12, including the head of a new district council in the Shakeen area of Paktika province.

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