The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday unveiled a shocking new story regarding a child trained as suicide bomber by Taliban group after he was sold by his parents for AFN 700,000, equivalent to around $10,500.
The 12-year-old child recently handed over himself to the Afghan police after managing to escape from training center where was receiving suicide attack trainings along with a group of other children.
According to a statement by MoI, the child is originally a resident of Qaisar district who has told police that his family sold him to Taliban for AFN 700,000.
The child whose name has not been disclosed apparently due to security reasons has also told police that he was kept together with six other children who were also purchased from their family.
The statement by MoI further added that the children were being trained by Taliban commander Mullah Qayum in Ghormach district of western Badghis province.
The Taliban militants wanted to use the children to target the Afghan security forces and other government officials in Qaisar district of Faryab province, MoI said.
The child also told police that he was opposing with the Taliban request to carry out suicide attack and used the opportunity to surrender to police in Charshanbe Bazar area of Qaisar district.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as the Afghan security forces last week arrested an 11-year-old child in Kunduz province who was trained by the Taliban militants since he was only 5 for a suicide attack mission.
According to the local security officials, the child, Rohullah, was abducted by the Taliban militants when he was only 5-year-old and since then he was trained on how to carry out suicide attack.
Rohullah was arrested by the security forces from an area close to a security check post in the 1st police district of Kunduz city.