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Father of 10-year-old girl reportedly fitted with suicide vest fears Taliban after refusal to attack

By Abdul Khaliq

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 8:06 a.m. MST

An Afghan girl known as Spozhmai is held in protective custody in Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Spozhmai, who authorities say is 10, told police that her brother, who she said is a Taliban commander, wrapped her in an explosives-packed vest but that she refused to blow herself up at a checkpoint in Helmand province. The Taliban denied the alleged plot.

Abdul Khaliq, Associated Press

LASHKARGAH, Afghanistan — The father of an Afghan girl who police say was part of a botched suicide bomb attack says he's afraid the Taliban will kill him and his daughter if they return to their village in southern Afghanistan.

Abdul Ghafar, the father of Spozhmai, told reporters Thursday he couldn't keep his daughter alive "even for a night" should they return to Khan Nishin, the village in Helmand province where the alleged plot took place.

Ghafar says he wants to take his daughter to live with another daughter in eastern Ghazni province as soon as police finish their investigation.

Spozhmai, who police say is 10, says her brother fitted her with an explosives-packed vest and urged her to attack a police checkpoint, but she refused. The Taliban has denied being involved.

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