July 4th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Suicide bomber was sold to terror network, Afghanistan says

The Pakistani Taliban recruited and trained a suicide bomber, then sold him to the Haqqani network to carry out an attack in Afghanistan, but he was arrested before pulling off the plan, an official with Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Monday.

The accusation comes amid a growing war of words between Pakistan and Afghanistan, with each side blaming the other for instability and attacks, including cross-border bombardments. Last week Pakistan complained that the Afghan government and NATO were not doing anything to prevent the Taliban from crossing into tribal agencies in the east.

The Afghan NDS source, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said Afghan authorities arrested a man trying to commit a suicide attack in the Jaji Maidan district of Paktia Province in eastern Afghanistan. The bomber, identified as Sheer Hassan Khanjar, is from Miran Shah, Pakistan, and was recruited by Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, the official said.

After three years of training in how to carry out a suicide attack, the would-be bomber was sold to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the NDS source said. Sirajuddin Haqqani is a leader of the Haqqani network, which operates on both sides of the Pakistani-Afghan border. Afghanistan officials believe the Haqqani network was behind last week's deadly siege on a Kabul hotel.

Sheer Hassan, the alleged would-be suicide bomber, told Afghan officials that someone working for Mehsud sold him and others to the Haqqani network.

Pakistan army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said he had no information about claims the Haqqani network may be buying Pakistani suicide bombers from Mehsud and the Pakistani Taliban.

Abbas said the Pakistani government has long acknowledged that militants move back and forth along the border, and Pakistan is doing its part to stop it. "It's difficult to stop militants crossing the border in that region but it's the responsibility of both sides to stop it," Abbas said. "We have more than 900 check posts along the border and that's more than they have on the other side."

Tensions between the two nations have shown no sign of waning despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Islamabad last month.

Journalist Fazel Reshad Wardak and CNN's Nick Paton Walsh and Reza Sayah contributed to this report.

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  1. BigR

    What an investment opportunity and equally appealing career field.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:09 am | Reply
  2. SAWolf

    This is the reason all people of good faith must stand up to these savages,

    July 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  3. Mike Houston

    Its hard to say whether the Bible, the Quran, Karl Marx's Das Kapital, or Mao Tse Tung's little red book has killed the most
    in terms of innocent people. What isn't hard to dispute is that any ideology in the hands of murderous, racist, egotistical
    "leaders" like Pharaohs, Popes, Kings, Party Chairmen, Presidents, or tribal warlords will get a lot of innocent people dead. My own guess at whose book has killed the most would be Karl Marx's or Mao's.

    July 11, 2011 at 2:45 am | Reply
    • Mike Houston

      Whoops. Sorry 'bout this. My comment was meant as response to ToniBaloney's "...Bible has cost more innocent lives than anyone can ever count."

      July 11, 2011 at 2:58 am | Reply
    • Bosko

      Political Fanatics are MUCH worse than religious fanatics and have caused many more deaths. Getting worked up over some thieving, lying politician (from ANY party anywhere) is cause for commitment to the nut house.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  4. Phil in Oregon

    So they treat EVERYONE like cattle, to be bought and sold. I thought they only did that with women. Since the bombers were going to die anyway, they figured they would make a few bucks from their efforts. I guess glory and honor for Allah wasn't enough.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  5. usmm

    Human trafficking is just another revinue source for terror groups

    July 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  6. Brian O'Donnell

    How do you train for three years and then fail? How hard can it be?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • AD

      You have to understand, they long ago used up all the 'normal' bombers and now all they can get are people with mental illness, mental handicaps or drug addicts. Those are not the sharpest tools in the shed and it takes a while to teach them to hit the red button to go boom. Just a few weeks ago a trainer in Pakistan was killed because he told he student to hit the red button on the vest and the student said 'like this' on a live vest.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • TOKA

        @AD, cool story bro! =D

        July 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  7. ken k

    Allah said be a hooker and let the Taliban be your pimp.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  8. anthony

    I thought they did it for Alah.....now there is a price tag.....very sick people

    July 6, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  9. Odessa

    May God have mercy on all the victims and the brainwashed. Suicide for keeping the honor or to accomplish tasks has been viewed as a virtue in the Eastern cultures until Christianity taught us otherwise. America, please provide Muslims Bibles in their own languages before you decline further.

    July 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Wufei

      WHAT?! Where do you get your facts from? I'm a member of one of those "Eastern" cultures you speak of and a Buddhist... pretty sure Buddha never taught suicide as a virtue. Prove me wrong if you can... otherwise STFU!

      July 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • ToniBaloney

      What a dumb thing to say. Christians always think they're better, wiser and more ethical. The Bible has cost more innocent lives than anyone can ever count.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • Phil

        That is true. The bible has killed more people in the name of that imaginary character "god".

        July 11, 2011 at 12:18 am |
      • Mike Houston

        Odessa is indeed a dummy...

        July 11, 2011 at 3:04 am |

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