A 14-year-old girl was arrested with a suicide vest in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri. She told soldiers and police who arrested her that Boko Haram had paid her 200 Naira (64 cents) to detonate a suicide vest they had given her, according to footage obtained by Sky News.
She told Sky she and another teen had worn their explosive vests for three days before they made a move to carry out an attack. One girl was arrested after removing her suicide vest on military instructions. The other was shot dead after refusing to remove her suicide vest.
Major General Lucky Irabor, the Nigerian military officer in charge of operations against Boko Haram, said:
“These are very unfortunate children, little girls, who have been involved, who have been engaged to be the couriers of these dastardly acts of the Boko Haram terrorists so, in my view it’s a sheer act of desperation.”
Boko Haram is fighting an insurgency against the Nigerian state in an effort to carve out a state governed by sharia in the Muslim majority north of the country. In 2015 they pledged allegiance to ISIS and changed their official name to The Islamic State in West Africa.
For more information about Boko Haram, see Clarion Project’s Special Report – Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Group.