Afghan girl wearing suicide vest detained at border

epa04009985 An Afghan security official (L) sits next to an young alleged suicide bomber detained by the Afghan police officials in Helmand, Afghanistan, 06 January 2014. According to media reports an Afghan girl allegedly wearing a suicide jacket was detained by Afghan police on early 06 January in Helmand. Reports state the girl possibly is only aged 8, and a may be a sister of a local Taliban commander. EPA/WATAN YAR

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An Afghan security official (left) sits next to an young alleged suicide bomber detained by the Afghan police officials in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Monday.

An Afghan girl has been detained by police while wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, according to reports.

The child, believed to be the 8- to 10-year-old sister of a Taliban commander, was instructed to carry out a suicide attack on border police in Helmand province on Monday when discovered, the BBC reported.

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Her death sentence came after being accused by her father and brothers of having “illicit relations” with officers, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

She was consequently forced to put on the vest and cross a river to get to her target, but because of the cold she started to cry.

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It was reportedly those cries that caught the attention of an Afghan soldier, just as her brother, identified by the Afghan news organization as Zahir, fled.

Some reports claim the girl tried to activate the button to detonate her vest, other claim she was stopped before she was able.

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The child has requested not to be returned to her family, fearing the repercussions for her failure.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com


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