Three boys ages 12 to 14, who were allegedly on their way to be trained as suicide bombers, were arrested with their suspected handler in Pakistan.
"We arrested the boys on a tip," police official Mir Ahmed Khan told CNN.
The trio, originally from South Waziristan, confessed they were heading from Karachi to a city in North Waziristan for suicide bomber training, Khan continued. They were arrested Tuesday on their way to Miranshah while boarding a bus in Norang town.
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The three boys and their alleged handler, Yahya Medsud, appeared before an anti-terror court Wednesday, reported the Daily Mail. Police said Medsud is accused of being part of a gang that recruits young boys for suicide bombing.
North Waziristan is part of Pakistan's ungoverned tribal region along its border with Afghanistan and is widely believed to be the headquarters of the Haqqani network, a militant group accused by Washington of fueling deadly attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan, according to CNN.
The news of the arrests came just days after pictures emerged of children as young as five being trained to use pistols and AK-47 assault rifles at an al Qaeda terror camp in the region, said the Daily Mail.