A reported child suicide bomber detonated his explosives 1,000 feet away from NATO/ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
(Image Source: Sky News ) BY JOHN O’CONNOR ANCHOR JIM FLINK Afghan authorities say at least six civilians were killed and five more injured after a child suicide bomber infiltrated one of Kabul’s highest security zones. Sky News has more . “The blast hit the diplomatic quarter of Kabul earlier this morning. It's the area of the city that houses the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters of ISAF, the International Security Assistance Force.” Officials say the assailant — whom they reported could be as young as 10 or 12 years old — used a backpack filled with explosives to carry out the attack. A correspondent for CNN says it’s hard to believe a child was able to sneak explosives through one of Kabul’s most secure areas. “This is a heavily fortified area, there are lots of checkpoints around. So it is quite amazing that he managed to get through those checkpoints and detonate that bomb.” The Wall Street Journal says initial reports indicate most of the casualties were … “Afghan street children who made a living begging and selling trinkets to foreigners … in the area.” Al Jazeera reports the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but insist their bomber was not a minor. The Taliban say “the attacker was 28 years old … “ — not “a child” as claimed by Afghan officials. Brigadier General Gunter Katz called the insurgents tactics “despicable” after hearing reports that it may have been carried out by a child. “By taking advantage of an impressionable child to carry out this attack, the insurgents display cowardice. Attacks like these exploit vulnerable individuals, coercing them into committing horrible acts.” ISAF reports there were no casualties of military personnel.