April 25, 2009: Taliban bomb kills children in Pakistan

On this day in 2009 11 children were killed by a bomb placed outside a girls’ school in Pakistan after they mistook the device for a toy

LOWER DIR, PAKISTAN – A lot of terrorists can rightly be described as bottom-dwellers but some go even further down than that.

No matter where you stand on wars, or insurgencies, or even terrorism there is one thing I hope we can agree on: children are off limits. Kids are not involved in these phenomena, at least not the real young ones (Islamic StateISIS – did have a youth programme they called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ but those were older), and thus cannot be seen as willing participants.

Side note: we often use the term ‘women and children‘ but this is not always accurate. Many women do elect to join terrorist groups – ISIS is a GREAT example – and must therefore be seen as responsible for their actions. This is why I am adamant that when it comes to the women and children languishing in camps in northern Syria/Iraq after having fled the crumbling ‘Caliphate’ we should move heaven and earth to bring the latter back to their home nations (referring of course to the ‘foreign fighters‘) but allow local authorities to try the former based on their laws since their crimes were committed there.

Do these look like the faces of terrorists to you? (Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash)

What then do we think of terrorist groups that deliberately TARGET young children for death and injuries? Not much I’d imagine.

On this day in 2009

Eleven children — six boys and five girls of a family — were killed and three others suffered injuries when a home-made bomb exploded in a village in Pakistan’s Lower Dir region. The children were playing with the bomb as they mistook it for a toy: it had been planted near the wall of a girls’ school in the village.

It is unclear whether it was a deliberate act of terrorism or an accident, as the region is littered with unexploded ordnance abandoned by mujahideen fighters during their 1980s war against Soviet troops in neighbouring Afghanistan

local police official Saeed Zaman

Whether it was the Soviets or, perhaps more likely, the Pakistani Taliban, it does not matter. Making bombs to resemble toys is not just wrong: it is evil.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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