Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

Boko Haram uses young girls as suicide bombers to attack Nigerians

Boko Haram’s incredible acts of violence continued over the weekend, this time with young girls as suicide bombers, according to eyewitness accounts.

Reuters reported that two girls on Sunday detonated explosives strapped to them in a market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least three. Sunday’s attack followed a deadly terrorist strike a day earlier, in which a girl strapped with explosives killed 16, according to Nigerian security sources.

Eyewitness Sani Abdu Potiskum told Reuters that Sunday’s bombers were about 10 years old.

Islamists Boko Haram used young girls as suicide bombers in this weekend's massacre Boko Haram logo   photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

Islamists Boko Haram used young girls as suicide bombers in this weekend’s massacre
Boko Haram logo photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

“I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age,” he said. “You only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso.”

The Nigerian town of Potiskum, the site of Sunday’s attack, has been targeted repeatedly by the Muslim militant group Boko Haram.

On Saturday, a bomb strapped to a girl also believed to be around 10 years old exploded in a busy market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

“The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10-years-old,” a police source told Reuters.

Boko Haram, which aims to impose Shariah law in northeast Nigeria, is estimated by Amnesty International to have killed as many as 2,000 in a violent rampage last week.


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