A 10-year-old girl who apparently attempted to carry out a suicide attack wearing a vest packed with explosives has been detained by Afghan authorities.
The girl, named only as Spozhmai, appeared at a news conference in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.
She told how her brother, reportedly a Taliban commander, had forced her to wear the vest and ordered her to detonate herself at a police checkpoint.
“I was tired of my stepmother. My brother told me to wear the black vest, go to the police checkpoint and press the button,” she told reporters.
“I went past a river and decided to drop the vest. My brother fled and police arrested me.”
There are conflicting accounts of the incident, with some officials saying she was wearing the vest when she was arrested and others saying no vest had been recovered.
The Afghanistan-based Tolo TV news channel said the girl was unable to operate the button to detonate the explosives.
I DON’T KNOW LORD
I don’t know how much more
We can take before our government
And people unite as one
And love once reigns again.
How can we use our children
Dear Lord, are you waiting
Standing back, waiting for one and all
You surely disagree with this.
I pray that whatever it is you wish
Dear Lord, that it comes to pass
And we are freed from this pain
Our earth is forced to endure.
For I don’t know how much more
I can personally take, when I
Think back and remember when
Our life was once peaceful and full of love.