ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An eight-year-old Pakistani girl was kidnapped by Islamist militants who forced her to wear a suicide vest to attack security forces, police said on Monday.
Police produced the girl, identified as Sohana Javaid, before a news conference broadcast on Pakistani television channels.
The girl recalled how she was kidnapped in her hometown of Peshawar by two women and a man who pulled up in a car.
"They put a handkerchief on my mouth and I fell unconscious. They took me to some place. They gave me some biscuits to eat and I again fell unconscious," Sohana said in a video, according to a voice over translation on the tape.
Forced to wear a suicide vest, she was transported to a security check post in a small town in the Lower Dir district in the northwest.
"I moved toward the check post but I started shouting and was taken into custody," said Sohana.
There was no way to independently verify the story.
Pakistani authorities, who are facing a stubborn Taliban insurgency, have in the past produced would-be suicide bombers in front of television cameras. But they have been men or boys.
The Taliban have been blamed for many of the suicide bombings across Pakistan.
(Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Ron Popeski)