Police in Afghanistan have released images of a girl who was forced to wear a suicide vest.

The girl, who is believed to be ten years old, gave herself up to police in Helmand Province on Sunday.

The girl, reportedly called Sphozmay, said she was coerced into carrying out the attack by her brother, who is a Taliban commander.

It is believed she was sent to blow up a police station.

"My brother Zahir and his friend Jabar forced me to wear the suicide vest," she said.

"They also gave me extra clothes to wear after crossing the water. They brought me near the river to cross at night, but when I saw the water and coldness I shouted and said that it is cold and I can't cross the water.

"They moved me back home and took off the vest from my body. My father beat me.

"I had to run away from home in the middle of the night and spent the rest of night in a village nearby to our home. In the early morning I surrendered myself to the police force in that area."

Militants in Iraq often used child bombers to bypass security checks.

But the use of children and women bombers in Afghanistan has been relatively rare.

"As you can see this innocent girl, she shouldn't be doing this, no one and no religion allows her to do this," said Colonel Hamidullah Sediqi, a commander of the border police force.