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Afghanistan Girl, 10-year-old, Intended As Suicide Bomber, Rescued

06/01/2014 14:43 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 13:17 GMT

A young Afghan girl has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

The girl, reported to be as young as eight and thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, is said to be in a state of shock and confusion.

The Afghan Interior Ministry says it has detained Spozhmay, a 10-year-old girl.

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Reports have indicated she was encouraged to carry out the attack by her brother.

According to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi, one of the Afghan soldiers spotted the girl wearing a suicide jacket.

But she could not operate the button to detonate the suicide vest or she was arrested before she could carry the attack, the BBC reports.

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

The Taliban has in the past used child and teenage suicide bombers, but Spozhmay is one of the youngest recorded by the Afghan government and one of the few girls reportedly tasked by the Taliban for suicide attacks.