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Afghan Police Detain Child With Suicide Vest

Afghan police have detained a young girl wearing a suicide vest who sought to attack a border police post.

A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Sediq Sediqi, told the BBC on January 6 that the girl was caught the previous night in Helmand Province as she approached the post.

Sediqi said the girl is thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, who encouraged her to attempt the attack.

She was initially believed to have been 8 years old, but subsequent reports put her age at around 10.

She has now been transferred to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah and is said to be in a state of shock and confusion.

Based on reporting by BBC

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