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I.H., who said he’s 12 but looks much younger, said he was snatched off the streets and driven to a training camp.

“We were just playing” in the village when a car drove up, he said. “They blindfolded us.”

B.K., a 15-year-old from Mingora, said he was lured into a car.

“They took me to a mountain place that was a training center” where he and other boys were awakened before dawn for prayers, followed by strenuous physical exercise, he said.

“I was told that I would be trained for jihad to fight against the army and to kill soldiers,” he said, adding that another 50 to 60 boys were at the camp. He said an uncle managed to negotiate his release.

M.K., a 16-year-old who already has some gray hair, said he was returning home after buying groceries when a car pulled up and offered him a lift. However, he said, when they reached the turn for his house, the bearded men in the car gagged and blindfolded him and drove him to a training camp where there were about 250 other boys, between 12 and 18 years of age.

“They told us jihad is the duty of every Muslim,” M.K. said. He said he was told it was OK to kill your parents if they disagreed.

“I was shocked. I was thinking, how can someone kill their parents?” the boy said, his voice barely audible.

Maj. Khan said that once the boys are picked up by the army, they are questioned before they are allowed to return home.

Army officials took blood and hair samples from the boys on Monday to run DNA tests and check whether any of them had been drugged while they were in the training camps.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Akthar Abbas said it’s clear some of the boys were being trained as fighters or worse.

“They were being trained as suicide bombers. There is fear still at the back of their minds,” he said.

Col. Abbas said they army is setting up a rehabilitation program for the boys to provide them with education and psychotherapy.

“We will try to convert them as useful society members.”