Anorak News | Taliban Recruit Six-Year-Old Juma The Suicide Bomber

Taliban Recruit Six-Year-Old Juma The Suicide Bomber

by | 26th, June 2007

OVER in Afghanistan they’re running out of martyrs, and the kindergarten’s closed for refurbishment:

Juma said that sometime last month Taliban fighters forced him to wear a vest they said would spray out flowers when he touched a button. He said they told him that when he saw American soldiers, “throw your body at them.”

The militants cornered Juma in a Taliban-controlled district in southern Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. Their target was an impoverished youngster being raised by an older sister—but also one who proved too street-smart for their plan.

“When they first put the vest on my body I didn’t know what to think, but then I felt the bomb,” Juma told The Associated Press as he ate lamb and rice after being introduced to the elders at this joint U.S.- Afghan base in Ghazni. “After I figured out it was a bomb, I went to the Afghan soldiers for help.”

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