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 but her cries gave her away, according to various reports.

By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday Jan 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday Jan 7, 2014

Spozhmai, believed to be 8 to 10 years old, was going  be used by the Taliban as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY
Spozhmai, believed to be 8 to 10 years old, was going be used by the Taliban as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY

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

The child, identified as Spozhmai, 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.

Caught on Monday. 6 January 2014, wearing a vest packed with explosives, Spozhmai said at a press conference in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, that her brother had forced her to wear the vest and ordered her to detonate herself at a police checkpoint. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY
Caught on Monday. 6 January 2014, wearing a vest packed with explosives, Spozhmai said at a press conference in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, that her brother had forced her to wear the vest and ordered her to detonate herself at a police checkpoint. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY

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

Spozhmai talks in Helmand province in Afghanistan Jan. 6 after she was stopped from becoming a suicide bomber for the Taliban. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY
Spozhmai talks in Helmand province in Afghanistan Jan. 6 after she was stopped from becoming a suicide bomber for the Taliban. NOOR MOHAMMAD/GETTY

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.

An Afghan security official, left, sits next to Spozhmai, who was wearing a suicide bomber's vest and was detained by the Afghan police officials in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Monday. WATAN YAR/EPA
An Afghan security official, left, sits next to Spozhmai, who was wearing a suicide bomber’s vest and was detained by the Afghan police officials in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Monday. WATAN YAR/EPA

Those cries reportedly 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; others claim she was stopped before she was able to.

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


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