14 Year-Old Failed Afghan Suicide Bomber Freed
“I am very happy that I am pardoned and released.”
Failed 14 year-old Suicide Bomber
At his pardoning ceremony in Kabul
July 15, 2007
President Karzai wished Rafiqullah good luck.
A failed Pakistani boy suicide bomber Rafiqullah, 14, is seen during an interview with the Associated Press, while he was in the captivity of Afghan security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, July 14, 2007. The men at the Pakistani madrassa showed 14-year-old Rafiqullah and two classmates videos of suicide attackers. They taught the boys to drive a car and let them ride motorcycles. Then the militants gave Rafiqullah his mission: kill an Afghan governor. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pardoned a 14-year-old boy caught wearing a suicide vest on his way to assassinate a provincial governor. Rafiqullah had crossed the border from Pakistan and intended to kill Arsala Jamal, governor of Khost province.
Mr Karzai said Rafiqullah had been deceived by the “enemy of Islam” while attending a religious school.
Pardoning him at the presidential palace, Mr Karzai said: “I forgive him and I wish him the best of luck.”
“[His parents] sent him to study at a madrassa (religious school). The enemy of Islam deceived him.”
Rafiqullah said: “I am very happy that I am pardoned and released.”
Rafiqullah said he was trained to drive a car and shown suicide attack videos at the madrassa in Pakistan.
He crossed the border and was met by a man who gave him a suicide vest. Rafiqullah said he did not want to carry out the attack but the man threatened to kill him.
He was caught last month wearing the vest on a motorbike in the city of Khost.
A number of would-be attackers held in recent weeks have been teenagers.
A failed Pakistani child suicide bomber Rafiqullah, 14, right, sits with his father Matiullah, 2nd right, Fazel Ahmed Shinwari, 2nd left, and Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 15, 2007. (AP)
Hopefully… That is the last we hear of Refiqullah.