The majority of suicide bombers that terrorist group Boko Haram uses to kill innocent civilians are women and children, a study has revealed.
Analyzing 434 suicide bombings carried by the Nigeria-based group since 2011, researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University found that at least 244 of the gender identifiable 338 attacks were carried out by women.
In just 2017 alone, Boko Haram has already sent 80 women to their deaths.
Parents in the northeast of Nigeria are giving their daughters to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions, the country’s military said.
Some arrested female suicide bombers have testified that “minors were donated to the terrorists sect’’ by their parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the Boko Haram insurgency, spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement Sunday on the Nigerian Army’s website. Authorities are appealing to religious and community leaders to help stop the practice, he said.
More than 50 people were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, multiple sources told AFP on Thursday, warning the death toll could rise.
Tuesday’s attack in the Magumeri area of Borno state on a convoy of specialists from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was the Islamist militants’ deadliest in months.
It underscored the persistent threat posed by the jihadists, despite government claims they were a spent force, and also the risks associated with the hunt for crude in the volatile Lake Chad basin.
Nigeria is set to pass a record-breaking federal budget. After months of political wrangling, several governmental departments are in line to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers. Among the biggest beneficiaries is the country’s Ministry of Defense, which will receive around $440 million in capital expenditure alone.
But for Nigerians in the country’s troubled northeast, the planned cash injection isn’t necessarily good news. For years, the federal government has been amping up defense spending, hoping to stamp out Boko Haram, a militant group that has waged an armed insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.
Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 who they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said on Saturday.
The girls were released through negotiations with the government, in exchange for prisoners.
A military source said the girls were currently in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
The terror sect Boko Haram is “actively planning to kidnap” westerners to raise ransom money, the Foreign Office has warned.
It issued new travel advice for Nigeria after receiving reports that the group was plotting the kidnaps in the north east of the country.
America also warned its citizens about the risk, which it said was based on “credible” information. Both countries said the affected area is in the Bama local government area of Borno state, close to the border with Cameroon.
According to a statement released last night by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the successful rescue operation was based on information received, yesterday by the troops by the civilian JTF intimating them to act for the safety of the captives.
Nigeria says it has foiled a plot by ISIS-linked Boko Haram militants to attack British and United States embassies.
Five suspected members of the Islamist militant group based in Benue state, in the country’s middle belt, have been arrested over plans to strike the two consulates in the capital Abuja.
Police say the terror cell had ‘perfected plans’ to attack the two headquarters and ‘other western interests’.
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—At first glance the corrugated tin shack with its display of dried plants and powders in empty rice sacks spilling outside and animal skins tacked to the front door seems like any other roadside spice market or traditional medicine shop here in northeast Nigeria. But this humble depot is where members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)—a vigilante group integral to the Nigerian government’s counterinsurgency operations—procure the charms and amulets they believe protect them from the terrorists of Boko Haram.
A 14-year-old girl has revealed how she was hired by Boko Haram to become a suicide bomber.
In footage obtained by Sky News, the girl tells Nigerian police she was offered just 200 Naira (40p) by the militant Islamist group to detonate a suicide vest in a ‘crowded place’ in the city of Maiduguri.
She says her and another girl had waited for three days before plucking up the courage to carry out their deadly missions.
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BAMAKO, Mali — The Nigerian military bombed a crowded camp for people fleeing Islamist militants Tuesday, killing more than 50 people in what was described as a mistake by air force pilots targeting Boko Haram fighters.
The bombardment occurred in the city of Rann, near the Cameroon border, one of places where more than 1 million victims of Boko Haram have fled in recent years as part of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
More than 100 people were injured, and humanitarian workers were among the dead, aid officials said.
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In the war on terror, guns and bombs just haven’t been enough. So Cameroon is trying spells and curses too.
About a year ago, Cameroonian President Paul Biya urged citizens to use witchcraft against Boko Haram, the Islamic State-affiliated militants who have terrorized West Africa for years.
“We expect every village to have brilliant actions in this direction,” said Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North region of the country, echoing the president. “We want to hear that this or that village has wiped out or limited the sect’s damage through witchcraft. Fight for your country.”
Civilian fighters have gunned down three girl suicide bombers who targeted a busy market in north-eastern Nigeria.
They blamed terrorist group Boko Haram, who want to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, for the attempted bombing.
The self-defence fighters who work alongside the army challenged the girls as they approached a village near Madagali town, local council chairman Yusuf Muhammad Gulak said.
The girls began running at the checkpoint and the fighters shot the girl in the lead, activating her explosives and killing her and a companion.
Boko Haram militants are teaching children as young as 13 how to rape their hostages, it has been claimed.
Adult fighters tell their young recruits they will ‘have fun’ sexually assaulting their captives, according to a boy soldier who fled from the Nigerian jihadists.
The extremists, who have pledged allegiance to ISIS, are reportedly increasingly turning to children to boost their ranks having sustained bad losses in the last year in battles against the Nigerian military.