About 200 boys, some as young as six years, were rescued by Pakistani security forces from Taliban camps in the lawless Swat Valley where they were being “brainwashed” and trained to become suicide bombers.
The troops have kept the children in Mardan area where they will go through “mental rehabilitation” with the help of psychiatrists so that they can return to a normal life.
The boys, age between 6 and 13 years, have been so thoroughly “brainwashed” that they consider all others as “infidels”, senior North West Frontier Province Minister Bashir Bilour said.
Bilour said some children were pleased when they were handed over to their parents. But, a few days later, the parents came back with complaints that the boys are now threatening to “kill them”.