From The Daily Mail U.K.
Lowest of the low: Terror of 9-year-old Pakistani girl as she is kidnapped by militants and forced to wear suicide vest.
Child was kidnapped and taken to paramilitary base where she escaped.
Last updated at 4:48 PM on 20th June 2011
With a look of fear in her eyes, this tiny girl sits next to a police officer as he recounts the ordeal which she endured.
Sohana Jawed, nine, was on her way to school when she was kidnapped by militants in Peshawar, Pakistan.
They forced her to wear an explosives-laden suicide bomb vest and made her approach a paramilitary checkpoint.
Terrified: Sohana Jawed, left, a nine-year old Pakistani girl sits with
police chief Salim Marwat after sge was kidnapped and forced to wear
a suicide vest.
Jawed, who is in third grade, was on her way to school when she was grabbed by two women and forced into a car carrying two men, she said during a news conference.
One of the kidnappers put a handkerchief on her mouth that knocked her unconscious, Jawed said in an interview with a local TV station.
When she woke up and started crying, one of the women gave her cookies laced with something that again knocked her out, the child said.
The next time she woke up she found herself in a strange home.
‘This morning, the women and men forced me to put on the heavy jacket and put me in the car again,’ said Jawed.
The suicide vest contained nearly 20 pounds of explosives and seemed to be designed to be set off remotely, Lower Dir police chief Salim Marwat said.
‘Most likely it had to be detonated through a remote control since a minor was wearing it,’ he said.
The kidnappers brought her to a checkpoint run by the paramilitary Frontier Corps located about 6 miles outside Timergarah, the main town in Lower Dir district.
When they got out of the car, she sprinted toward the paramilitary soldiers to show them what she was wearing, said Marwat.
‘I got the chance to release my hand from the woman and run,’ said Jawed.
By the time the paramilitary soldiers realised what was happening, the kidnappers had escaped, said Marwat.
Police have launched a search operation to find them, he said.
It is unclear why the kidnappers didn’t detonate the suicide bomb vest after Jawed ran away. Marwat suggested they may have simply panicked and fled.
Asif Khan, the police chief in the area of Peshawar where Jawed said she lived and was kidnapped, Hashtnagri, said they haven’t received a complaint of a missing girl and haven’t identified a resident with her name.
Police in Lower Dir plan to ask Jawed additional questions after she is examined by a psychiatrist, who is helping her cope with the trauma of her ordeal.
‘Police will try to get more information from her once she gets normalised,’ said Marwat.
It was the latest example of the inhumanity of Pakistani terrorists who today were responsible for the vehicle bombing of a street near a women’s college.
At least one person was killed and 12 others hurt in the bombing in the south-western Baluchistan province.
In a separate development 12 people were killed in a suspected missile attack by a U.S. drone in a remote house in the Kurram tribal area, north-western Pakistan.
Clean-up: Police investigate the aftermath of the explosion.