Teenage `suicide bomber` held in Nowshera
NOWSHERA: Security personnel arrested on Monday a teenage boy they claimed was on a suicide mission and defused his explosives-lined vest. The boy was near a church in the Cantonment area when he was apprehended. Officials said that 14–year–old boy, Mir Janan, was from Makeen area of South Waziristan. During interrogation, the boy is said to have claimed that he belonged to Baitullah Mehsud`s Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
According to officials, he said that he had been brought to the area by a man on a motorbike.
The Inter Service Public Relations said the bomber was about 17 to 18 years old and his target was a security convoy.
He was spotted by two junior cmmissioned officers, Subedar Mohammad Naeem Akhtar and Naib Subedar Mohammad Rafique, who got hold of him.
The ISPR said that the boy was wearing a suicide vest packed with 10 to 15 kilogrammes of explosives. The vest was defused by bomb disposal personnel.
It is learnt that the boy also carried a hand–grenade and he tried to use it by removing its safety pin, but he was prevented from doing so.
Later, bomb disposal personnel had tactfully persuaded the bomber to take off the vest.
Security agencies are on the lookout for accomplices of the young terrorist.