Fresh on the heels of the Islamic group Boko Haram using a 10-year-old girl as a “suicide” bomber, they have employed another two young teenage girls as “suicide” bombers.
The group popularly known as Boko Haram, but whose official name is “People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad,” seeks to carve out its own Islamic state in Nigeria.
All this bloodshed and savagery for another Islamic state; just what the world needs.
Deadly Blast Rocks Nigerian Market,” Wall Stteet Journal, January 12, 2015
Two Apparently Teenaged Girls Explode Themselves, in Latest Attack Blamed on Boko Haram
Two apparently teenaged girls blew themselves up at a marketplace in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, leaving at least five people dead in what authorities believe is Boko Haram’s latest use of young women in attacks.
A three-wheeled taxi carrying the two girls, who appeared to be around 16 or 17, drove into a congested strip of cellphone shops in the city of Potiskum, said Markus Danladi, the local police chief. The subsequent blast killed the taxi driver, two bystanders and both girls, he said. Two vigilantes stationed in the area put the death toll higher, saying 10 people had been killed in total and 46 hospitalized.
Since July, women strapped with explosives have been walking into crowded places in northern Nigeria and blowing themselves up—a tactic assumed to be the work of the Islamist insurgency, which rarely claims responsibility for attacks.
Lately, the women have been getting younger, police said. On Saturday, a girl or young women exploded herself at the entrance of a market in the city of Maidiguri, killing herself and 19 others. Witnesses estimated her age at between 11 and 20-something, but it was hard to tell because she was wearing a hijab, the head-to-toe Islamic dress, and deeply disfigured by the blast.
The use of young people as human bombs has sparked suspicion between Nigerian police and Muslim children—something Boko Haram has a history of doing. Since at least 2013, the group has recruited preteen boys and girls to burn down schools or spy on soldiers. In the past year, children have been seen more heavily in combat roles, or executing other children who refuse to join them, in scenes recounted by witnesses and depicted in Boko Haram videos.
“It is the devil’s work,” said one vigilante. “Only God knows what they want.”
Nigeria is set to hold a presidential election in mid-February—its fifth since the country became a democracy in 1999. Boko Haram has said it wants the country to become a theocratic state based on Islamic law, although most of its victims have been Muslims.