The Price of an Under-age Human Bomb

In the category of horrendous contracts, the BBC World Service has a haunting story today about the production of child suicide bombers in Pakistan. Children as young as 9 years old are frequently kidnapped, subjected to intensive indoctrination for a few months, and then sent forth as human bombs. Indeed, it seems that the Taliban in Pakistan has become so good at creating suicide bombers that they have turned into into a revenue device. Pakistani television is reporting that a family paid roughly $400 for a child suicide bomber to take out a rival family with whom they had some sort of dispute. The child’s handlers informed him that he was carrying out a jihad mission and pocketed the money paid for the hit.

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