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Kidnapped 9-year-old girl forced to wear suicide vest, told to go kill policemen

Nine-year-old Sohana Jawed was snatched off the street, drugged, outfitted in a suicide vest and told to go kill Pakistani policemen.

The third grader refused to cooperate, throwing off the vest as she ran toward police screaming for help, according to Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

Dressed in her blue school uniform and a white headscarf, Sohana told police in Pakistan’s city of Peshawar that she was abducted by two women and two men as she walked to school. The kidnappers threw her into their car and drugged her.  When she woke up and started crying, one of the women gave her cookies laced with something that again knocked her out. The next time she woke up, she found herself in a strange home.


The next morning, “the women and men forced me to put on the heavy jacket and put me in the car again,” she told police. The jacket was a suicide vest containing nearly 20 pounds of explosives and seemed to be designed to be set off remotely, police spokesman Salim Marwat told reporters.

Her captors drove her to the Islam Darra checkpoint on the outskirts of Taimargara, the largest town in the Lower Dir district near the Afghan border, where Pakistan fought to put down a Taliban insurgency in 2009.

”They put one suicide vest on me, but it did not fit. Then they put on another one,” Sohana told a news conference, according to Investors’ Business News. She escaped from the car as they tried to fit the second vest.


”I got the chance to release my hand from the woman and run. I threw away the vest and started shouting as I came close to the checkpoint.”’

Her kidnappers had told her to push the button, detonating the vest “when I reached the policemen,” she told Ben Doherty of the Herald’s morning staff.

Marwat said police had located the girl’s family ”somewhere in Peshawar,” but did not give specifics for fear of reprisal attacks against the family. Sohana would be reunited with her parents and brother in the evening, he said.

”She was upset because the kidnappers told her she would have to be a suicide bomber,” he said. “but now she is 100 per cent well, she is writing her name and she is OK to go home to her family.”

By the time police at the checkpoint realized what was happening, the kidnappers had escaped, said Marwat.

Police have launched a search operation to find them, he said.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    There are some crazy people in the world, including some religious fanatics.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dave

    This is a sickening, twisted, ugly, evil act. This is a new low even for the terrorists, who at least normally try to recruit adults into their cause. They will NEVER convince ANYONE that they are “on God’s side” so long as they resort to tactics of this kind. Their evil is obvious. I do not understand why anyone would even conceive of such an act. Maybe this is a sign they’re having trouble recruiting true believers…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TERRY HARMON

    This just go to so you what the lenghts the talaban will go too. These guys are so ate up with hatered that they can’t understand that they are going to do to get their message out there in this silly part of the world. America should just get out of there and go home and let the Arabs fight it out among themselves.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laci

    Ok, these people are supposedly SO passionate about their mission & their beliefs that they resort to kidnapping & drugging a CHILD to force her to do their dirty work. Not only are they weak minded but PATHETIC individuals & I hope that these COWARDS get exactly what they deserve, if not by man then by GOD HIMSELF whom they claim as justification for their disruptive actions.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gp

    Life is too short to become a suicide bomber.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ken

    This story does not hold water. I really doubt that it happened as stated.

    • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

      Google the story. It was reported in the Pakistani media as well as international press. We generally verify stories like this with at least three sources before publishing them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Milford Woodard

    This is the sort of thing that occurred in Nam. Using kids/forcing someone to do a task that will be glorified one in heaven. Why won’t the terrorist perform the task and get the glory?

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