Top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in Pakistan is ellegedly buying and selling children for suicide bombings.
He has been increasingly using the children in attacks, Pakistani and US officials said, as cited by the BBC.
A video released by Pakistan's military shows the children training for the task. In the video of a training camp, children can be seen killing and going through exercises.
Mehsud has been selling the children, once trained, to other Taliban officials for USD 6 000 to USD 12 000, Pakistani military officials said.
Some of the children are as young as 11, the officials said.
"He has been admitting he holds a training center for young boys, for preparing them for suicide bombing. So he is on record saying all this, accepting these crimes", Major General Akhtar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistani army, said.
The young suicide bombers may be able to reach targets unnoticed, the military said.
"If he is approaching on foot, there is a possibility he will bypass security. In certain areas, there is a possibility in the population centers everyone can not be checked physically, so he can create havoc there", Abbas said.
Pakistan's army said it is hunting Mehsud in the hopes that the supply of suicide bombers will dry up after the Taliban leader is captured.
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