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Failed Suicide Bomber In Afghanistan: 8-Year-Old Girl

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An 8-year-old girl wearing a suicide vest was detained on Sunday in a failed attempt to bomb border police in Helmand, Afghanistan.

The girl, who is said to be in a state of shock and confusion, is believed to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, according to BBC News. Her brother reportedly promoted the botched attack.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the girl was spotted by Afghan soldiers wearing a suicide vest. Either she couldn’t operate the button to detonate the vest or she was arrested before she was able to detonate, said BBC reporter Bilal Sarwary from the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The girl was transferred to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

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This is not the first 8-year-old girl used to suicide bomb a police checkpoint in Afghanistan. In June 2011, an 8-year-old girl carried a bag of explosives into a police checkpoint in central Uruzgan province.

"The insurgents handed over a bag with a homemade bomb to an eight-year-old girl and asked her to take it to police forces," the Interior Ministry said in a 2011 statement. "As the girl was getting close to the police, it exploded and killed the girl."

Sources: Newser, BBC News