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The Coordinator of National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri has said security forces stopped a car in Kano’s neighbouring state of Katsina today and arrested three suspected Boko Haram members.
The group included one male and two girls, aged 18 and 10. The older two tried to flee, according to Omeri’s statement.
The “10-year-old … was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt,” he said.
The chilling trend of deploying young women and girls as bombers comes three-and-half months after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in the northeast.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasted about the mass abductions in a video during which he threatened to sell the girls as slaves.
The Chibok abductions prompted a social media campaign that went viral and drew unprecedented global attention to Boko Haram’s extremist uprising, which the group says is aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north.