A young girl strapped with explosives and sent to a crowded mosque
this week, made a detour and running away to kill only herself.
This recent act of bravely by the young girl has added fuel to the belief
that Boko Haram are using unwilling captives in its terror campaign in
Security forces personnel arrive at the site of a blast
The girl who is said to look around 12 years of age, took off after her
partner blew up in another explosion which took the lives of around 30
people on Monday in Maiduguri.
“In the confusion of the blast, the other girl just ran away and only
exploded when she was far from the crowd,” said fishmonger Idi Idrisa.
It’s unclear if the girl’s runaway was due to fear or purpose but this
recent action has made many to believe that Boko Haram are using some
of its thousands of kidnap victims as unwilling weapons.
One military expert told reporters that most bombs carried by girls and
women have remote detonation devices, meaning the carrier cannot
control the explosion.
The United Nation had last month revealed an “alarming spike” in
suicide bombings by girls and women, saying that this year alone has
seen 27 cases while the whole of last year had only 26.
This comes a girl who looked no more than 12 years old had detonated
explosives that killed 10 people and injured 30 in a crowded market at
Wagir village in northeastern Yobe state, according to truck driver
Malam Usaini Jibril.
This week alone over 80 people has been killed by suicide bombers alone