A young Afghan girl found wearing a suicide vest has spoken of how she escaped her family after they allegedly told her to blow up a police checkpoint.
Spozhmai, who is 10 years old, said her Taliban-commander brother gave her the vest and directed her towards the checkpoint – across a cold river.
"My brother Zahir and his friend Jabar forced me to wear the suicide vest," she told Reuters. "But when I saw the water and coldness I shouted, and said 'That it is cold and I can't cross the water.'"
She added: "They moved me back home and [took] off the vest from my body. My father beat me. I had to run away from home in the middle of the night and spent the rest of night in a village nearby... And early morning I surrendered myself to the police force in that area."
Col. Hamidullah Sediqi, commander of border police in Lashkar Gah, said: "She was forced by two Taliban commanders to wear the suicide vest and blow up the police base…As you can see this innocent girl, she shouldn't be doing this. No one and no religion allows her to do this."
Fawzia Koof, an Afghan member of parliament, told NBC News on Tuesday that to her knowledge the attempted attack was the first of its kind.
"It's the first time that we have had a girl so young who is motivated by her brother," Koof said. "How can it be so brutal that he is not nice to his own sister?"