child suicide bombers arrested in AfghanistanAt least 21 Afghan children were arrested by Afghan police in eastern Laghman province before the child traffickers manage to take the abducted children to Pakistan for recruitment in terrorist groups.

Provincial governor spokesman for Laghman, Sarhadi Zwak said the arrested children are aged between 6 to 10-year-old, and were all abducted from eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan.

Mr. Zwak further added that the alleged child trafficker has also been arrested and is under the investigation with the Afghan security forces to identify his link with the specific terrorist group for which the children being recruited.

Local security officials in Laghman province said that preliminary investigation reports suggest that the children were abducted with an aim to recruit them in terrorist groups to carry out terrorist activities and suicide bombing.

The use of children as suicide bombers and in conflicts by militants, is one of the main challenges in Afghanistan. The human rights had also urged the Taliban group to prevent the use of children in the Afghan conflict.

At least 20 child suicide bombers who were arrested by Afghan security forces, were released by Afghan president Hamid Karzai earlier in 2011. Majority of the children aged less than 16-year-old and were arrested in various provinces of Afghanistan.

The child suicide bombers had confessed that they were recruited by Taliban group and were sent out for suicide bombings after they were trained by Taliban group.


  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.