Police detain a dozen child 'bombers' in Pakistan
QUETTA (AFP) - Pakistani police have arrested around a dozen children, some as young as 10, suspected of being used to plant bombs for separatist militants, officers said on Wednesday.
The arrests were made in raids over the past 24 hours, local police chief Mir Zubair Mahmood said while presenting the children at a news conference in Quetta, the capital of the restive province of Baluchistan.
A Baluch militant organisation had lured the children, who came from poor families, to leave packages containing home-made bombs in markets, dustbins and on routes used by police and security forces, Mr Mahmood said.
Mr Mahmood said the militants chose the youngsters knowing that police would not suspect small children or garbage collectors.