‘Girl bomber’ dies in mosque attack

January 31, 2017

A girl thought to be aged just 10 died after the suicide vest she was wearing exploded in northeast Nigeria, a civilian vigilante said on Tuesday, as another attack killed one at a mosque.

Musa Ahmad, who works with the military against Boko Haram Islamists, said the incident happened at about 11:30 am (1030 GMT) in Banki, near the Cameroon border in Borno state.

“A girl of around 10 came by the military barracks and was trying to cross the road into the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp,” he told AFP.

“She was asked to stop by soldiers. But she ignored them. They threatened to shoot her if she didn’t stop. She obeyed and she was asked to lift up her hijab.

“She did and explosives were found to be strapped on her. Suddenly she pulled on the trigger and exploded.”

No-one else was injured, said Ahmad, who added it was the second attempt on the camp in recent weeks.

On January 18, a young woman and a teenage boy were shot when they refused to stop for a search and exploded just outside the camp, he added.

The vigilante suggested the attempted bombings were a way of Boko Haram “trying to hit back” after recent military operations against them in the area.

Banki, which is 133 kilometres (80 miles) by road southeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, is currently home to thousands of IDPs.