The Associated Press reports on one of the two failed suicide bombers involved in yesterday’s attack on a Sufi shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan that killed more than 40 Pakistanis. The brainwashed teenage would-be suicide bomber is “unrepentant,” according to the AP:
His accomplices brought carnage to a Sufi shrine, but the 14-year-old suicide bomber who was captured after his explosives failed to detonate was unrepentant.
“Let me go, I want to be a martyr,” he said as he was being led away, according to police officer Khalid Mahmood. “I want to send all you policemen to hell!”
The boy, identified as Fida Hussain, was arrested at the shrine in central Pakistan shortly after Sunday’s twin suicide blasts, which killed 42 people and wounded 100 others . The complex close to Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan was crowded with thousands of people attending an annual festival.
And here’s the shocking part:
Mahmood [a Pakistani police officer] said both boys were apparently from North Waziristan, one of seven tribally administered areas close to Afghanistan.
And that earns this story the coveted Captain Louis Renault award. Because who would believe that North Waziristan is a jihad factory?
The Pakistani military and intelligence services have fought tooth and nail against carrying out an operation in North Waziristan, claiming their forces are already overstretched. The US has, in vain, made the case that North Waziristan is the epicenter of al Qaeda’s external operations network as well as attacks against Afghan and NATO forces in Afghanistan (this is only partially true, al Qaeda and allied groups are entrenched in other areas of Pakistan as well). Yet many of the suicide attacks inside Pakistan emanate from North Waziristan. And the Pakistani government and military still won’t act in North Waziristan to protect Pakistan’s own citizens. Given that the Pakistani military and intelligence services still cling to the notion of good Taliban and good jihadis, this is also shocking.