Graduation Ceremony of Suicide Bombers in Pak-Afghan Border Area
(Picture: Daily Mail UK)
US channel airs video of Taliban suicide bombers
Daily Times, June 20, 2007
WASHINGTON: Trained suicide bombers are emerging from tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan to plan attacks on the West, according to a video of a Taliban “graduation ceremony” aired by a US news channel.
The footage, taken by a Pakistani journalist and received by ABC news, showed a large group of men, their faces hidden by black scarves, who were members of teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany.
The 300 recruits included boys as young as 12.
The gathering was a training camp “graduation ceremony” of fighters trained by the Al Qaeda and Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, held on June 9 somewhere in the Afghan-Pakistan tribal border region, ABC news said.
Mansoor Dadullah, brother of the former Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, who was killed last month, could be seen attending the ceremony in pictures and a video of the ceremony broadcast by ABC and published on its website.
He addressed the seated recruits as guards with rocket launchers stood by.
“These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places,” Mansoor Dadullah says on the video. “Why shouldn’t we go after them?”
One of the recruits spoke to the camera in English, confirming that he was the leader of the team assigned “for a suicide attack in Britain”.
“Praise be to God that the enthusiasm of these people is so strong that the people are going by crowds to martyrdom and to sacrifice themselves,” Dadullah said. afp