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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pakistan Liberates Child Soldiers

Pakistani security forces have said they rescued dozens of children forcibly recruited by the Taliban as child soldiers in North West Frontier Province.

Officials said the children were being trained to become suicide bombers and warned that hundreds more remained captive by the Taliban group.

"They have been brainwashed and trained as suicide bombers, but the nine who I met seemed willing to get back to normal life," Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, who heads a special support group tasked with handling the return of people displaced in the Swat Valley and surrounding areas, told Pakistani state-run television.

"It seems that there are some 300 to 400 such children who the Taliban had taken forcibly or who they were training," Ahmed said.

link: Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Pakistan 'rescues' child soldiers


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