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Afghan gov't detains five teenage would-be suicide bombers

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KABUL, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces have detained five teenage would-be suicide bombers over the past two weeks, spokesman of Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) Lutfullah Mashal said on Saturday.

"Five teenagers ranging from 12 to 14-year have been detained in eastern Nangarhar and Ghazni provinces over the past 15 days," Mashal told reporters at a weekly press briefing.

He said the teenagers were trained by Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists in Pakistan's tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan to target Afghan and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan.

At least 15 people including two pro-government tribal elders have been killed in two suicide attacks carried out by child bombers in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar and Paktika province over the past three weeks, according to Mashal.

Replying a question on al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden's death, the Afghan intelligence agency spokesman said, "A major financial source of Taliban has been eliminated."

Bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, was killed Monday in Pakistan.

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