Taliban To Recruit Suicide Bombers As Part Of Afghan Army For ‘Special Operations’

Mumbai: The Taliban will officially recruit suicide bombers to be part of the military as the militant group tries to block its biggest security threat from rival Islamic State since forming government in Afghanistan four months ago.

Before coming to power last year, the Taliban used suicide bombers as a key weapon in the 20-year war to attack and defeat American and Afghan troops.

Taliban deputy Bilal Karimi said the group now seeks to reform and organize scattered squads of suicide bombers across the country to work as a unit and defend Afghanistan.

Their main target will now be the local branch of the Islamic State, which has carried out at least five major attacks as the Taliban looked to consolidate power after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan in August.

Several of those attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. “The special forces that include martyrdom seekers will be used for more sophisticated and special operations,” Karimi said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban regime has said it will not allow fencing by Pakistan on the Durand Line amid escalating tensions between neighbouring countries over the controversial issue of border fencing, a media report said.

“We (Taliban) will not allow the fencing anytime, in any form. Whatever they (Pakistan) did before, they did, but we will not allow it anymore. There will be no fencing anymore,” Mawllawi Sanaullah Sangin, commander of the Taliban, told Afghanistan’s Tolo News on Wednesday.

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