29 Jun '11, 12am

Taleban's latest weapon: Child suicide bombers

A Pakistani policeman displaying suicide vests seized from militants. The Taleban are fitting children with the vests and sending them up to troops. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE View more photos IN URUZGAN, central Afghanistan, two days ago, men approached an eight-year-old girl and told her to take a bag to a nearby police contingent. As the child approached a police vehicle, militants standing at a safe distance detonated the bomb in the bag with a remote-controlled device. The policemen survived, but the girl was blown to bits. Add one more to the Taleban's latest strategy of using children and women for suicide attacks. In the swathe of largely ungoverned territory across the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands and beyond, the Taleban are resorting to desperate tactics to catch the patrolling army and policemen off-guard, such as fitting children as young as six with ex...

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