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بدھ، 5 دسمبر، 2012

Kharji Taliban new suicide squad “Jannati Khawateen”

The "Suicide women squad" had been trained to such an extent that they can also operate like commandos and can use machine-gun and hand grenades for carrying out horrible terrorist attacks to accomplish their vicious mission.

  Amir of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand Agency Abdul Wali Aka Omar Khalid has prepared a women suicide squad being called as “Jannati Khawateen” (Women of Paradise) by the militants to carry out suicide attacks in the country, sources told Pakistan Observer on Tuesday.

Sources said that this squad comprising 8-12 women is currently staying with the TTP leader as his family members in Kunar province of Afghanistan while another group of three to four women, who are also ready to sacrifice their lives in the name of religion, had already been sent to Mohmand Agency and Peshawar with specific targets.

The “suicide women squad” had been trained to such an extent that they can also operate like commandos and can use machine-guns and hand grenades for carrying out horrible terrorist attacks to accomplish their vicious mission.

This squad of women will be used only in special cases and to attack the difficult or high value targets, said sources.

Sources claimed that the TTP’s hardcore wing, led by Omar Khalid, was responsible to send a woman suicide attacker to target the Jamaat-i-Islami leader, Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Nov 19, 2012. Four persons were injured in attack on convoy of former JI chief while Qazi Hussain Ahmed remained unhurt in this suicide attack. Intelligence officials believe that Taliban can use more women to target more politicians in the days ahead.

“Jannati Women” can wear veils (Burqas but not the one that is popular in Afghanistan). They can also wear Saudi-style ‘abbaya’ so that they could not be suspected as Afghans or Pashtun women.

Sources disclosed that at least two women (members of the suicide squad) who had been given the task to operate in Lahore and Rawalpindi had been asked to do away with the traditional ‘Burqa’ and wear only shawl (chaadar) to hoodwink the security officials.

Meanwhile, another TTP’s leader Waliur Rahman is running a squad known as “Jannat Kay Farishtey” (Angels of Paradise), comprising children between 11 to 16 years who had been imparted necessary training to attack targets in Pakistan, said sources.

Some of the children had been brain-washed to ‘sacrifice’ their lives for the cause of Islam while few other children had been kidnapped, drugged and suicide jackets are put them while they are intoxicated by the effect of injected drugs.

An 11-year-old boy recently arrested in Peshawar on Nov 21, told the investigators that in some cases the suicide jackets are connected to a mobile set which can be exploded as soon as the handler makes a call on the number attached with the jacket of the child.

In such cases the children under the influence of the drugs are directed to reach a certain place/target and as soon as they reach close to the target, a Taliban operative watching the attackers from a certain distance makes a phone call to explode the jackets, sources said.

In some other cases the children can themselves detonate their suicide-jackets by a detonator attached with their pockets to explode at the given targets, they said. Sources said that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is in collaboration with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) militant leaders who employee Uzbeks, Tajiks, Turks and Kirghiz youths for their use in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In February and August 2012, several Turk nationals were killed in the counter-attacks launched by the Pakistan’s armed forces and in the US’s drone attacks. Boy or woman attacked convoy of JI leader?

When contacted former chief of Jamaat-i-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed told Pakistan Observer that he had no idea as to who used the suicide bomber to target his convoy in Mohmand Agency.

He also disclosed that it was yet not clear whether the attack was carried out by a boy or a woman.

“Political Agent of the area says the attacker was female because the attacker was wearing veil (Burqa), but some people informed me that there were hairs on the legs of the attacker that indicate the involvement of a male in the attack,” he said.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that his party was entirely against the American interference in Pakistan’s affairs and the country’s involvement in the US agenda of war on terror that was the root cause of this problem in Pakistan. In last five years (from Jan 2007 to Dec 2011), about 310 suicide attacks had been reported in different parts of the country in which 4,650 people lost their lives, including the attackers.

In 2012 (till June), about 16 incidents of suicide attacks had been reported, however, the actual number of casualties in these tragic incidents could not be ascertained.


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