Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Suicide Bombers: Terrorist Groups’ Goods for Sale

The price of a suicide bomber, sold from one terrorist group to another, is $ 70 to 93 thousand. This fact was revealed in a statement issued recently by Afghan intelligence (National Directorate of Security – NDS). According to the statement, the NDS has arrested a suicide bomber from Jaji Maidan district of Paktia province who had on mind to target a tribal leader. The arrested bomber has said, "One of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders working under Hakimullah Mehsud, the TTP head sells one suicide bomber to other terrorist groups for $ 70 to 93 thousand." It has been said in the statement that Haqqani group sent the arrested terrorist but he did not belong to this group. It is not clear whether the terrorist has been sold to Haqqani group by TTP or not.

The business of suicide bombers should not be a new thing for terrorists themselves but for the world it is news. Previously, it was conceived that the terror groups are successful to recruit more people because they attract them based on a specific ideology. But that is only half of the fact. Actually poverty in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan compel people to get involved in crimes including terrorism. Because the militant leaders pay significant amount of remuneration to those who carry out terror attacks, more people are thinking to go on their side. The concept for a person suffering from poverty is, "If my death can alter the fate of my family, I am ready for the sacrifice." Even if half or lesser amount of the value of a terrorist's head goes to his family, it is a huge amount for them.

This is a terrible trend that has worse consequences for the world. The price of a suicide bomber set so high would motivate many others who are disappointed from life due to not having any employment.
The capability of terror groups to buy only one suicide bomber for such a high price indicates that there are certain countries that support them financially to continue operating.