AFGHANISTAN: Children used by Taliban to plant IEDs
Boys as young as 12 are being forced by the Taliban to lay IEDs because they know they will not be shot by British snipers. Sources say the children’s parents and families are likely to have been threatened by the Taliban to allow their sons to carry out the dangerous task. The use of children, however, is fuelling defections from the Taliban. A number of former Taliban fighters have said ‘I have children now. I don’t want them to be blown up’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, 7 Feb 10
IRAQ: Female suicide bomber kills more than 50 religious pilgrims
A female suicide bomber killed 54 people and injured at least 100 more in Baghdad on Monday 1 February. The majority of the victims were women and children on a religious pilgrimage to Kerbala. The woman hid the bomb by dressing in the traditional black cloak, or abaya, worn by Shia women and detonated the explosion amongst a crowd of pilgrims waiting at a security checkpoint. A Quilliam Foundation press release condemned the bombing, and stated that it exposed the dangers of takfiri ideology to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera 1 Feb 10; Daily Telegraph 1 Feb 10
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PAKISTAN: Militants target school
Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb that killed four schoolgirls aged 10-15, and injured 65 more in the Lower Dir district of FATA.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera, 3 Feb 10; Daily Times, 4 Feb 10
UK: Jihadists groom children under 10
Police have identified children as young as seven being groomed for terrorism, with some expressing a wish to become suicide bombers. British children as young as three are being taught to hate non-Muslims, according to counter-terrorism police. Police officers told a BBC documentary they had seized a pamphlet saying ‘no child is ever too young for Jihad’ and footage, thought to be from Pakistan, of toddlers playing with real guns saying they ‘wanted to shoot infidels’. Police also found documents downloaded from an extremist website instructing parents to raise Mujahid children, saying ‘The key is to start instilling these values in them while they are babies. Don’t wait until they are seven. No child is ever too young to be started off on Jihad training.’
SOURCE: Sunday Times, 10 Jan 10; Daily Telegraph, 1 Feb 10