Pakistani police reportedly rescued 53 madrassa students, the youngest only seven years old, who had been chained in the basement of a Karachi seminary. Gruesome tales have been revealed involving dungeon torture and visits by brutal Pakistani Taliban instructors, with claims that they were beginning to prepare the prisoners to join in the terror group’s jihad on the Afghan front.
Following Monday night’s raid on the seminary, Pakistani police said they were probing the institution’s possible links to terrorist groups in the region.
According to Pakistan police, the chained students rescued from a Karachi madrassa were frequently beaten and rarely fed enough to survive. “The rescued students included kids as young as seven and 21 teenagers,” a police officer said. He added that most victims had signs of torture and developed severe wounds from the chains.
Among the victims, a rescued student later told local reporters that he had been held prisoner for more than 30 days. “I did not see the sky or the sun even once,” the boy told reporters at an area police station where the students were questioned before being released to their relatives.
AFP reported that accounts provided by students and relatives indicated that many poor families believed the madrassa could offer hope and treatment for severe drug addicts in addition to a religious education for the youngest boys among the captors.
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