A group of 11 Pakistani children, ranging in ages from 11 to 18, have been arrested for alleged involvement with a series of bombings that have taken place in Quetta.
Investigators say the arrests show terrorists are turning to children to carry out their plots, United Press International reports.
The children were paid between $20 and $50 per bomb, Pakistani police spokesman Zubair Mehmood said, in the UPI report. The youngsters — who were arrested Tuesday and admitted their involvement in at least a dozen bombings — were hired by a Baloch separatist group to drop packages containing bombs at various locations, UPI said.
“Some of the children said they did not know what the packets contained and what they are doing,” Mr. Mehmood said, in an Agence France-Presse report. “They said they were happy they would get a small amount of money for dropping the packets.”
The children all come from poor families, UPI reports.
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