London, July 8 (ANI): Pakistan, for the first time has admitted that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud is virtually running a factory of suicide bombers, and using small children for the purpose.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson, Major General Athar Abbas said that Mehsud buys and sells children as young as 11 years old to be used as suicide bombers to strike strategic locations across the country.
"He (Mehsud) has been admitting he holds a training center for young boys, for preparing them for suicide bombing. So he is on record saying all this, accepting these crimes," Major General Abbas told CNN.
The Pakistan Army also released a chilling video showing young children being trained for carrying out suicide bombings, The Daily News reports.
Mehsud, the alleged mastermind behind former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, has managed to ditch the security forces, even as the Pakistan Army has launched an all out operation against him in South Waziristan after it failed to nab the warlord during Swat and Malakand surge.
The Pakistan military has been getting assistance from the United States also, as the US drones are continuously pounding the Taliban's hideouts in the restive tribal regions along the Afghan border.
However, the United States has never confirmed that it is carrying out missile hits inside Pakistan's geographical territory, and Islamabad too has been complaining about the drone attacks.
But it is believed that both countries are working closely to hunt down the Taliban chief. (ANI)