Ban 'appalled' by reported use of minor in Pakistan suicide bombing
10 February 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “appalled” by reports that a minor was used to carry out today’s suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in Mardan in north-west Pakistan that led to numerous deaths and injuries, his spokesperson said.
According to media reports, a boy wearing a school uniform walked into the compound and blew himself up, killing at least 27 people, including several army recruits, and injuring many more.
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s suicide bombing,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He is appalled by the reported use of a minor to commit this terrorist act.”
Mr. Ban extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Pakistan.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict also voiced concern about the reported use of a young person in today’s attack.
“I am deeply distressed by the use of a young boy in a suicide attack today in Pakistan and condemn those who manipulate or kill innocent children to achieve political goals,” Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a statement.
“Today’s crime is an unfortunate reminder of the changing nature of war where civilians are more frequently targets or unwilling participants. I urge all parties to conflict everywhere to protect civilians and keep children out of the fighting.”
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