AFGHANISTAN — An Afghan girl, believed to be 10 years old, surrendered to police over the weekend after her brother forced her to wear a suicide vest in a failed terrorist strike against a police checkpoint in Helmand province, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports.
In an interview clip posted to YouTube, the girl, named Spogmai, said her brother, a suspected Taliban commander called Zahir, strapped the explosive device on her and instructed her to cross a river to get to the police checkpoint. Spogmai explains the water was cold and she began crying. She turned back and shouted it was cold and she could not cross.
According to the girl when she returned home her father beat her. She said later that night she ran away and surrendered to police.