West & Central Africa

Boko Haram sends female teenage suicide bombers on house-to-house missions

Four young teenage girls, about 12 years old, detonated bombs in Muna Garage, on Wednesday (15 March) morning, killing six people and wounding 16 others.

In what seemed to be a new strategy by the Islamic terror group, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the girls went door-to-door and knocked. As soon as the door was opened they detonated the explosive belts under their hijab.

Sani Datti, NEMA’s public relations officer, confirmed the casualties to reporters, “four female teenage suicide bombers killed two other men (6 people dead) when they detonated explosives at Usmanti along muna Garage road at about 1.15 a.m.” The statement added, “16 people who got injured were administered first aid by rescue workers before being transported to the state specialist hospital and university teaching hospital in Maiduguri Borno state”.

The Rev Canon Nenman Gowon, senior assistant to the plateau state government, who spoke to Global Christian News yesterday, said, “This strategy gives us a lot of concern as Christians and particularly as Church leaders. We have opened our doors to anyone in need, both Mslims and Christians. This means that Church leaders and pastors can easily be targeted and killed by Boko Haram.”

He pleaded with Christians to still show love and be charitable to all the vulnerable and displaced, “but we also need to be wise, considering this development.”

Boko Haram’s major weapon of destruction has been little girls wearing explosives for more than two years now. Hundred of girls with an average age of 7, have been killed, carrying explosives which they either detonate or are detonated by Islamic Jihadists handlers following the little girls who usually carry out their deadly acts in pairs.