Girl (8) caught with suicide vest

The girl who was caught wearing a suicide bomb vest sits at a police office in Helmand province after being caught. REUTERS/Police/Handout via Reuters
The girl who was caught wearing a suicide bomb vest sits at a police office in Helmand province after being caught. REUTERS/Police/Handout via Reuters
A young girl wearing a suicide vest has been detained in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

The Afghan girl, said to be as young as 8, was held in Helmand province as she tried to carry out an attack on border police, BBC reports.

The girl was thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, who encouraged to carry out the attack.

Either she could not operate the button to detonate the suicide vest, or she was arrested before she could carry out the attack, an interior ministry spokesman said.

The girl has now been transferred to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

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