WASHINGTON (Online) - Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is buying children as young as 7 to serve as suicide bombers in the growing spate of attacks against Pakistani, Afghan and US targets, citing US Defence Department and Pakistani officials, Washington Times reported. A Pakistani official, who spoke on the condition because of the sensitive nature of the topic, said the going price for child bombers was $7,000 to $14,000. Mehsud has turned suicide bombing into a production output, not unlike the way Toyota outputs cars, a US Defence Department official told reporters recently. He spoke on the condition that he not be named because of ongoing intelligence efforts to catch Mehsud, a prime target for a US and Pakistani anti-Taliban campaign. An apparent US effort to kill Mehsud last week failed. On Sunday, the Pakistani government offered a reward of about $615,300 for information leading to the capture of Mehsud, dead or alive. The US State Department has offered a bounty of $5 million for Mehsud, who is thought to be hiding in the tribal areas near the Afghan border. The US official said the price depends on how quickly the bomber is needed and how close the child is expected to get to the target. Mehsud produces these suicide bombers, which are sold or bartered, which can be used by Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omars Taliban or other groups, the US official said. In some cases, he said, the children are kidnapped and then sold to Mehsud. Efforts to reach a spokesman for Mehsud were not successful, the report said.