08 May '11, 11am

Taleban bars juvenile 'beardless' boys among its ranks

KABUL - THE Taleban denied on Sunday reports by the Afghan government the militant group was recruiting young boys to carry out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, saying it prohibited 'beardless' men among its ranks. The statement came after authorities paraded four young Afghan boys on Saturday they said had been recruited as suicide bombers from homes in Pakistan and were detained crossing the border on a mission to attack foreign troops. 'It must be clarified that based on the principles of the Islamic Emirate, it has imposed a complete restriction on enlisting beardless or underage boys in their jihad operations,'the Taleban said in the statement. 'Those who haven't grown a beard due to being underage are prohibited to spend time with the mujahideen in residential and military centres.' Militants in Iraq often used child bombers, some of them disabled, to bypass security ...

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