Father of girl in Afghan bomb plot fears for life

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

LASHKARGAH, Afghanistan (AP) — 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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