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Afghan police hunt brother of 'suicide girl' aged 10

Published on Jan 7, 2014 3:51 PM

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - Afghan police on Tuesday searched for a Taliban commander who allegedly forced his 10-year-old sister to wear an explosives-packed vest on an aborted suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand.

The interior ministry said the girl, named as Spozhmai, was detained before she detonated the vest near a police checkpoint in the district of Khanashin.

Speaking on Monday at a press conference, the girl said she had been ordered by her brother to undertake the suicide mission but had decided not to carry it through.

"We have appointed a team to investigate this," said Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor's spokesman.

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