02 May '11, 12am

Taleban use child suicide bomber in attack that kills 4, as the group begins their promised spring offensive

Taleban use child suicide bomber in attack that kills 4, as the group begins their promised spring offensive

Relatives wrap the body of a civilian who was killed during a clash of militants with policemen in Ghazni, south-west of Kabul. -- PHOTO: AP KABUL (Afghanistan) - ON THE first day of its promised spring offensive, the Taleban used a 12-year-old boy as a suicide bomber in an attack on Sunday 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 insurgent movement announced in a statement on Saturday that it would step up operations against military bases, convoys and Afghan officials, including members of the peace council working to reconcile with top insurgent leaders. The offensive begins each year after a winter lull in fighting. 'The use of children and youths who don't know the difference between right an...

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