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An eight-year-old girl was strapped with remote-controlled explosives and used as a human bomb by Iraqi insurgents in a blast that killed an Iraqi commander earlier today.
An Iraqi captain was killed and seven other soldiers were injured in the explosion which took place in the town of Youssifiyah, south of Baghdad.
The explosives were detonated as the girl approached the Iraqi commander.
A curfew has now been imposed in the area, and American troops are said to be hunting for those responsible.
Militants strapped explosives to a young girl and used her to blow up an army checkpoint in Iraq yesterday.
They detonated the device by remote control as the child, thought to be as young as eight, walked towards a group of soldiers.
Girl of 8 used as suicide bomber
The Americans called it a 'suicide' attack and put the number of injured at seven. Later, they gave the age of the girl as between 16 and 18.