Captured 14-year-old suicide bomber unrepentant after Sunday’s terror attack in PakistanApril 5th, 2011 - 12:05 pm ICT by ANI
Multan, April 5(ANI): The 14-year-old suicide bomber, who was captured after his explosives failed to detonate during Sunday’s terror attack on a shrine in Pakistan, remains unrepentant as he tells police that he wants to be a “martyr” and send them “to hell.”
The teenager- identified as Fida Hussain- was arrested at the shrine close to Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan shortly after Sunday’s twin suicide attacks on thousands of people attending an annual festival there, killing 42 people and wounding 100 others.
“Let me go, I want to be a martyr,” CBS News quoted the teenage bomber, as saying while he was being led away, according to police officer Khalid Mahmood.
“I want to send all you policemen to hell!” the 14-year-old added.
Another suspect was also detained at the shrine following the attack, but the police gave no details about him.
Mahmood said that both boys were apparently from North Waziristan, which is one of the seven tribally administered areas close to Afghanistan, all of which are militant hotspots. North Waziristan is under virtual militant control and is home to extremists from around Pakistan and the world, the report said.
Mahmood said that Hussain and the other attacker were at the shrine for around one hour before striking, and Hussain threw a grenade when his vest failed to detonate, but it exploded close to him, blowing off his hand.
Police then fired at him, hitting him in his other arm, and now the teenage bomber was being treated for his injuries on Monday, Mahmood added.
Hussain’s comments to policemen offer a glimpse into the level of indoctrination he had received.
“You all are accomplices of the enemies of Islam who are bent upon eliminating Islam and Muslims,” he allegedly said, adding, “If I get a chance, I will again strike as a suicide bomber.”
The Taliban often use young boys- mostly with little or no education- as suicide bombers because as terrorism analysts say, the youngsters’ handlers find it easier to persuade them to carry out suicide missions.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, one of the country’s largest and best organized militant groups, claimed responsibility for the attack in a brief phone call to reporters.
Taliban militants were at the centre of fresh investigations on Sunday, the report said, adding that security officials warned of the likelihood of concerns about further attacks in the coming days. (ANI)
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