A 12-year-old Afghan boy has handed himself in to Afghan authorities in northern Faryab province after escaping from a Taliban camp where insurgents allegedly train children to carry out terror attacks – mainly suicide bombings.
According to the boy, several other children his age were also recruited and in the camp being trained by the Taliban.
Faryab police department said Saturday that insurgents use different tactics to recruit children in a bid to force them to carry out attacks.
The boy's father reportedly sold the boy to the Taliban for 700,000 Afs. However, the boy managed to escape the camp where he was being held.
"I told them [Taliban] that we will be cut into pieces, referring to the aftermath of a suicide attack, but they [Taliban] said you will go to paradise by killing government employees and their commanders," the boy said.
According to Faryab police, the Taliban had planned to use the boy against a local official.
"A Taliban commander Mullah Qayoum operates there. Six more children are also in Taliban custody who were recruited by force from their parents. The Taliban is providing them with training and plan to use them for suicide attacks," Faryab police chief Sayed Aqa Andarabi said.
The child bomber confirmed there were still six other children in the Taliban camp – and all were being groomed to become suicide bombers.
"Six other children were also there, but I escaped and surrendered to the police in Chahar Shanbe bazar in Qaisar district of Faryab," he said.