Afghan girl in bomb plot calls on Karzai for help

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 11:01 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan girl who says her brother sought to use her as a suicide bomber is asking President Hamid Karzai to find her a new home.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, the girl known as Spozhmai says she fears that if she returns to her family she again will be asked to blow herself up with an explosives-packed vest. She asked Karzai to put her "in a good place."

Spozhmai, who authorities say is 10, was detained by police Monday after what they described as a botched attempt to blow up a police checkpoint in southern Khan Nishin district. She is in protective custody in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkargah. Police continue to search for the girl's brother, who they say escaped with the suicide vest.

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