Afghan girl, 10, with bomb vest stopped

2014-01-06 21:06
Afghan girls read the Quran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

Afghan girls read the Quran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP) (Rahmat Gul)

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Kabul - A 10-year-old Afghan girl was detained at a police border post before she could detonate the suicide vest she was wearing, authorities said on Monday.

The girl was apprehended on Sunday in the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province, the interior ministry said in a statement. She had been forced by her brother into committing the attack, a local police official said "She was confused and scared at the time," the official said, adding that she was transferred to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

The Taliban have used kids as suicide bombers in the past. Last year, President Hamid Karzai pardoned a number of children who had attempted the attacks.

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