Young Afghan Girl Caught Wearing Suicide Vest

Sister of a Taliban leader may be as young as 8

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The young sister of a prominent Taliban leader was caught Sunday wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, authorities said.

The girl, who officials said could be as young as 8 but AFP reported to be 10, was intercepted as she tried to carry out an attack on border police, BBC reports. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi confirmed that an Afghan soldier saw the girl wearing a suicide jacket. The vest did not explode, either because she could not operate the button to detonate it or because she was arrested before she could press it.

Police told BBC that the girl’s brother encouraged her to carry out the attack. The girl was in a state of shock when she was arrested, and has since been transferred to a different province.