Girl Forced To Be A Suicide Bomber Fled For Fear Of Killing Her Own Family (VIDEO)
Fifty-eight people were killed after two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a refugee camp in Nigeria. A third bomber fled, and did not detonate her suicide vest. She ran away and is cooperating with authorities. The young women, reported to be between the ages of 17 and 20, were sent by Boko Haram extremists. The young woman who didn’t detonate was forced to be a suicide bomber. She fled her captors and surrendered to authorities. Local security forces told the UK’s The Guardian newspaper that she feared the men who had sent her, but that she ran away because she worried that she could harm her family who were in the camp.
“She confessed to our security operatives that she was worried if she went ahead and carried out the attack that she might kill her own father, who she knew was in the camp,”
After removing her vest the would-be bomber fled, and the young woman has now been interrogated by authorities. She has also provided information about further attacks planned by the group. The camp in the border town of Dikwa was set-up for people who had fled Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Borno State.
While the #Bringbackourgirls campaign following the kidnapping of 300 girls from their school in Nigeria thrust Boko Haram into the international spotlight many of the subsequent atrocities and the ongoing impact in Nigeria and the surrounding region has not received as much coverage. Nigeria’s current president, Muhammadu Buhari came to power last year with a promise of defeating Boko Haram, but the group’s death toll continues to climb. In late January the group set fire to an entire village burning eighty-six children alive. Nigeria still has a long way to go to eliminate the threat of Boko Haram.
Watch CCTV Africa Report On The Boko Haram Bombing That The Third Bomber Fled From:
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A Canadian, currently located in Dublin, Nikita Oliver-Lew has an avid interest in all things political. She has an MSc in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College Dublin and hopes to return to her PhD studies on migration in Europe.