Taliban commander persuades 10-year-old sister to wear suicide vest to blow up local Afghan police
The ten-year-old sister of a Taliban commander has been arrested wearing a suicide vest, it has been revealed.
Soldiers arrested the girl named as Spozhmay moments before she had planned to blow up local Afghan police.
The girl is being detained in Helmand Province and is thought to be one of the youngest recorded would-be suicide bombers to survive.
She was arrested on Sunday night in a remote village called Uwshi , in the Charchino Distric and taken to Helmand’s capital Lashkar Gah to be interviewed.
Sources say the girl, who was pictured eating an orange, claimed her Taliban brother had persuaded her to wear the vest – but she failed to blow it up.
It is thought her mission was to attack a police station and according to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi an Afghan soldier spotted her wearing a suicide jacket.
But she could not operate the button to detonate the suicide vest and she was arrested before she could carry the attack.
In July it emerged that Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan are bribing starving children as young as eight years old to plant deadly roadside booby traps, be decoys in ambushes and even act as suicide bombers.