A ten-year-old girl wearing an explosive suicide vest was stopped by Afghan police as she tried to carry out a deadly attack.
The Interior Ministry said police had apprehended the young girl who had intended to carry out a suicide attack against Afghan border police in southern Helmand province.
The girl, named as Spozhmay, is reported to be as young as ten and thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander. She was said to be in a state of shock and confusion.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the girl claimed her brother, a local Taliban commander, had sent her on the mission.
According to spokesman Sediq Sediqi, one of the Afghan soldiers spotted the girl wearing a suicide jacket.
But she was arrested before she could carry the attack as she struggled to operate the detonator.