When the promise of the virgins of Paradise is not enough, these scoundrels resort to kidnapping and booby-trapping children. “Girl, nine, used as human bomb,” from the Independent, June 20 (thanks to S. J.):
A girl of nine has told how she escaped Pakistani terrorists who tried to use her as a human bomb.
Sohana Jawed said she was kidnapped on her way to school in Peshawar, and forced to wear a remotely-controlled suicide jacket. But she escaped her captors as they prepared to send her towards a paramilitary checkpoint.
Sohana, wearing her a blue and white school uniform, recounted her ordeal during a news conference with police in Lower Dir district. Militants in Pakistan have often used young boys to carry out attacks, but the use of young girls is rare….