Pakistani girl poses as Taliban to extort money

2015-02-24 18:28
(Roberto Schmidt, AFP)

(Roberto Schmidt, AFP)

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Islamabad - Police in Pakistan have arrested a teenage girl for posing as a Taliban militant to extort money from wealthy people, officials said on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old student was arrested on Monday from the suburbs of Peshawar city in the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, police official Furqan Bilal said.

A judge on Tuesday ordered her detained for 14 days for further interrogation before indictment, Bilal said.

The girl used voice changing software on her mobile phone to call her victims, posing as a male Taliban militant, Bilal said.

She would tell them to pay money and threaten them with death or the kidnapping of their children if they refused, the official said.

"It looks like this worked for her," Bilal said. "The environment in Peshawar is so frightening."

Bilal said police arrested her by tracing a call she made to a local trader to demand $9 829.

The girl told interrogators she was making the calls for fun, but officers believe she had already received more than 1 million rupees from the extortion, Bilal said.

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