A would-be suicide bomber killed himself and five members of his family as his mother tried to stop him from carrying out a Taliban-inspired attack in Afghanistan, police said Monday.
The 22-year-old man's bomb-filled vest blew up as his mother made desperate attempts to stop him carrying out his deadly mission in the southern province of Uruzgan on Sunday.
"His mother grabbed his vest and said, 'Take this off, we don't want you to do this,'" Uruzgan police chief Juma Gul Himat told AFP, citing the bomber's father who was wounded in the blast.
"This was when the explosives went off. Two of his brothers, two of his sisters, his mother and the Abdul Samad (the bomber) -- they all died."
Another child and Samad's father were wounded in the explosion and were being treated in hospital in the Uruzgan capital, Tirin Kot, the police chief said.
The police chief said the young man had arrived from Pakistan and given his family 250,000 afghani (5,000 dollars), telling them, "This is money for my funeral after my martyrdom."
"He said, 'I am going to carry out jihad against the foreigners and go to paradise,'" Himat said.
His horrified mother tried to take the suicide vest off him, saying "We don't need your money, we don't want you to go to Paradise this way," Himat said.
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