Monday, June 27 – According to local officials in southern Afghanistan, an explosion has killed an eight year old girl while she was carrying a bag of explosives given to her by Taliban insurgents. The explosion took place when she approached a police outpost in southern Afghanistan.
The incident took place in the Char Chino district of Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. There were no police
According to a statement issued by Afghan Ministry of Interior, “the homemade bomb was handed over to an eight year old girl and was asked by Taliban insurgents to take it to police forces.”
The statement further added, “the explosion took place as the girl was getting close to the police and the girl was killed.”
The use of children by Taliban insurgents had been almost unheard of until recently but Taliban previously used female bombers in occasional cases and more commonly their fighters dressing as women in head to toe burqa coverings.
In a similar case, Taliban militants had recruited four boys all under 13 years of age, and were caught by Afghan police forces before they commit suicide attacks. The boys were recruited from their homes in neighbouring Pakistan. One of the boy while speaking said that they had been told they would live through the suicide attacks.
But Taliban militants have denied recruiting children to carry out suicide attacks.
Military and civilian casualties hit record levels in 2010, the most violent year of the war since U.S.-backed Afghan forces
toppled the Taliban in late 2001.
This year is following a similar trend, with violence growing across Afghanistan since the Taliban announced a spring offensive at
the beginning of May.