UN condemns Talibans use of children in attacks

December 15th, 2008 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI  


United Nations, Dec.15 (ANI): The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has strongly condemned a suicide bombing by Taliban, allegedly using a 13-year-old boy, against British forces in the south of the violence-wracked nation.
The attack, which killed three marines, again demonstrates the Talibans total disrespect for human rights, Kai Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said in a statement issued on Sunday.
My thoughts are with the family and friends of those killed and wounded, he added.
The Taliban sent a young boy to carry out the bombing against British troops operating in the Sangin district of Afghanistans southern Helmand province on Friday.
Such unscrupulous use of children cannot be justified under any circumstances. Forcing or coercing children directly into such action is wholly unacceptable by anyones standards, said Eide.
The Special Representative urged the Taliban and all others to stop using children in warfare, stressing that the rights of children must be fully protected. (ANI)

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