KABUL - President Hamid Karzai decreed the release of 5 would-be suicide bombers arrested by Afghan security forces. President Hamid Karzai stressed that the released suicide bombers will be provided with education scholarships inside or outside the country, especially in Turkey. President Karzai described suicide attacks as oppression to Islam and an effort to damage the image of Islam.
Among the suicide bombers who are going to be released soon, there are still extremist ideologies with some promising to continue their efforts. But the president has ordered the release of these imprisoned suicide bombers ahead of Eid, which will be celebrated in a couple of days and right after the end Ramadan.
"Enemies of Islam take these kids and use them in explosions inside mosques where people offer their prayers. They are doing it to defame Islam and make people turn their faces from Islam," President Karzai said.
Head of Afghanistan's Council of Clerics Qeyamuddin Kashaf said: "You kids are not obliged to do so." Some of the would-be suicide bombers said they will face threats, because they surrendered to Afghan security forces before carrying out their attacks.
Providing suicide bombers with scholarships is another privilege that the president insisted. "Those among them who want to go home, take them to their homes and hand them to their parents so that they are safe," Karzai said. "And others like these youths who have lost their parents don't care for him and should be provided with education facilities inside or outside the country like our own sons."
President Karzai decreed the release of suicide bombers as the National Directorate of Security earlier urged the formation of a special tribunal for terrorists, and the call was welcomed by Karzai's senior legal advisor.