Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan "on their way to train as suicide bombers"

Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan 'on their way to train as suicide bombers'
The children and their alleged handler were caught by police following a tip-off

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19:02 GMT, 29 November 2012


Troubled region: Pakistani army soldiers in Waziristan, where the children were allegedly being taken for training

Troubled region: Pakistani army soldiers in Waziristan, where the children were allegedly being taken for training

Three young boys and a handler have been arrested in Pakistan after they were allegedly caught travelling to a suicide bomber training camp, it emerged today.

The children – aged 12 to 14 – were being transported from Karachi to a city in north Waziristan, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, when police arrested them following a tip-off.

They were arrested on Tuesday as they boarded a bus in northwest Pakistan, according to CNN.

Police official Mir Ahmed Khan told CNN: 'We arrested the boys on a tip.'

It reports the children, originally from south Waziristan but living in Karachi, confessed to police they were travelling for suicide bomb training.

Khan told CNN the trio and alleged handler Yahya Medsud were brought before an anti-terror court yesterday.

The police official said the handler is accused of being part of a gang that recruits young boys for suicide bombing.

Pakistan news website Dawn said Medsud had been remanded in custody.

The news comes just days after terrifying pictures emerged showed children as young as five being trained to use pistols and AK-47 assault rifles at an al Qaeda terror camp in north Waziristan.

The footage was posted on an underground al Qaeda website and issued by the Turkistan Islamic Party.

Guard: A policeman waits at a checkpoint on a highway leading to the troubled north Waziristan area.

Guard: A policeman waits at a checkpoint on a highway leading to the troubled north Waziristan area. Police officials on Tuesday arrested the three boys following a tip-off a gang were going to shift the group (file picture)