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Kabul Korrespondence

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Boy bomber: 'free me, I've got exams

Friday, November 14, 2008

Quqnoos

Schoolboy error shouldn't stop attempted suicide bomber's timetable

THIS morning, he was a committed jihadist. This afternoon, he wants to go back to school.

Nematullah, 17, was arrested this morning on suspicion of planning a suicide bomb attack on the Company area of Kabul. The schoolboy, from Maidan Wardak, was encouraged to blow himself up by Mullah Qasim, a Taliban commnander, police said.

Nematullah drove himself to the capital in a Toyota Town Ace packed with deadly explosives. But the plan went wrong almost immediately. Nematullah panicked when he saw a police checkpoint and tried to turn around. Unfortunately for him, he then crashed into another car.

He fled the scene and hid. Police, who had by now found explosives in the crashed minibus, gave chase and captured the boy.

“My school exams are next week – the government should release me,” Nematullah told Quqnoos.com.

Quqnoos questioned his academic ambition, given that, had his plan succeeded, he would have been dead by lunchtime on Thursday.

“As I’m alive, it would be nice to pass my exams,” he replied.
posted by Travis, 7:30 pm

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