Sphozmay, 10, who was about to be used by the Taliban as a suicide bomber, sits next to a police officer at a police office in Helmand province in this police handout photo released January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Police/Handout
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Afghan police Tuesday searched for a Taliban commander who allegedly forced his 10-year-old sister to wear an explosives-packed vest for an aborted suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand.Zwak said the girl gave police varying versions of the events, at one stage saying she had crossed the river alone and got cold and wet before being arrested and then secretly returning home to put on dry clothes.She did not explain why the police allowed her to go home. The girl, who is now in police custody, also told police she did not want to live at home any longer because her brother and father were Taliban fighters and would kill her, and that she also did not get on with her stepmother. Some local media quoted officials as saying she was wearing the suicide vest when arrested, but it was not produced by police. The Interior Ministry's account said her brother was a Taliban commander who coerced her into putting on the vest and walking toward the police post.
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