At 11, Afghan boy Abdullah is world’s youngest Islamic terrorist
Posted by jagoindia on April 9, 2009
“when I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, he said: ‘When I’m older I’ll kill non-Muslims. If I don’t, they’ll come to our homes and kill us’.”
An 11-year-old boy known only as Abdullah has been dubbed the world’s youngest terrorist after he was arrested wearing a suicide vest.
By Aislinn Simpson
Last Updated: 7:16AM BST 08 Apr 2009
The boy, who is originally from Peshawar in Pakistan, has become Afghanistan’s youngest terror suspect. He is being held at one of the country’s top security prisons, operated by Kabul’s Intelligence Service.
He is said to have chosen a Kalashnikov as a weapon because he found a pistol’s trigger too difficult to pull. He is an orphan and his voice has not yet broken.
Abdullah learned about holy war, or jihad, at a religious school, where he studied the Koran in the morning and weaponry in the evening, as well as hearing how foreigners were killed women and children in Muslim countries.
He went to Afghanistan with his cousin, who visited him at school and invited him on an outing.
He walked over the mountains into the country with a group of men, and was given an oversized jacket to put on.
When he was arrested, the jacket was found to be packed with explosives.
Abdullah has been confirmed as Afghanistan’s youngest prisoner and is also being described as the world’s youngest terrorist.
He was interviewed in prison by ITV News’s International Editor Bill Neely, who wrote about the visit in the Daily Mirror ahead of a full report on tonight’s ITV News at Ten.
Mr Neely wrote of his visit: “When I saw him in the prison office which is now his cell, my jaw dropped. I’d been told I would meet a youth who had been arrested with a group of Taliban fighters – but I didn’t expect the picture of apparent innocence that confronted me.
“I watched this little boy speak, his high-pitched voice so innocent, pouring out the detail of an adventure he had clearly relished.”
Mr Neely asked the boy how he felt about being a suicide bomber: “He said he knew he’d be in pieces. But he also knew the difference between suicide, which God forbade, and sacrifice, which is what you become if you blow yourself up, killing the non-Muslims who want to kill your family.
“Afterwards you would go straight to heaven, with 70 girls. I suspect he didn’t care too much about the girls. But when I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, he said: ‘When I’m older I’ll kill non-Muslims. If I don’t, they’ll come to our homes and kill us’.”