Afghanistan: Teen Describes Madrasah Effort To Make Him A Suicide Bomber
KABUL/PRAGUE -- Ever since he was caught three months ago in Afghanistan's Khost Province trying to carry out a suicide attack, 14-year-old Shakirullah has been pondering how he went from childhood in Pakistan to imprisonment in Kabul as an international terrorist.
But Shakirullah's childhood in the rugged mountain region near the Afghan border came to a dramatic end last fall when his family sent him to a religious boarding school -- the nearby Salib madrasah in South Waziristan -- to receive instruction from conservative Islamist clerics.
The boy says teachers had taught him the Koran for half a year, then gave him an explosives-packed suicide vest and took him across the border into Afghanistan.
Shakirullah was picked up before he could blow himself up near U.S. troops, a mission that minders at his Pakistani madrasah assured him would bring him eternal life.
He is now being held at a facility run by Afghanistan's national intelligence service -- a detention center that keeps the teenager separated from older Taliban fighters, hardened criminals, and convicted murderers.
To read the rest of this Babba Zee multi-media extravaganza, "14 year old Afghani makes it out of Pakistani Pyrotechnic Institute in one piece". [YouTube has pulled one of the videos originally used in the piece!?!]
by Babba Zee
* 14 year old Afghani makes it out of Pakistani Pyrotechnic Institute in one piece
* Afghanistan: Teen Describes Madrasah Effort To Make Him A Suicide Bomber