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Investigation reveals how Boko Haram used 145 girls for suicide bombing in 7 months

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Boko Haram terrorists have so far used more than 145 girls in suicide bombing missions between January and July 2017, Punch newspaper has revealed.

We gathered that the figure, sourced from the military anti-insurgency operation, Operation Lafiya Dole, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Borno State Police Command could be higher as some suicide missions might not have been reported to the agencies.

It was gathered that while Boko Haram terrorists also made use of male bombers to attack mosques and military locations, there were more females deployed in the months reviewed.

The other locations where the terrorists deployed the girls strapped with locally made Improvised Explosive Devices were, internally displaced persons camps and villages.

It was learnt that the most affected areas where the radicalised girls struck in the seven months included Muna Garage, Mammanti village, Jiddari Polo, Ummarari and Dalori, all in Borno State.

A breakdown of the statistics showed that in January, at least 15 girls died, while 10 casualties were recorded in February.

Also, there were estimated 15 deaths of the female bombers for March, April andMay.

June and July, however, witnessed an upsurge and claimed about 30 girls each.Some highlights in January indicated that, on January 16, two female bombers were killed in Baran Kaura village, Borno, while two other girls werekilled in Kalari area, while trying to gain entry into a mosque.

Also in February, two female bombers died behind the Mega Filling Station, along Maiduguri-Damboa Road, while on February 17 and 24, four female bombers were killed in Muna Dalti and Banki areas, respectively.

The Defence Headquarters admitted that the Boko Haram terrorists sent out the girls on suicide missions with babies and IEDs strapped to their bodies.

Some of the incidents in March were two female bombers killed on March 13,while attempting to enter Maiduguri through Ummarari area, while four female bombers died after detonating inUsmanti area along Muna Garage, two days after.

In April, two female bombers died in a mosque in the Jiddari Polo area, while on April 26, NEMA confirmed the death of four female bombers, who attacked Muna Garage and Muna Usmanti areas of Borno.

On May 3, three teenage female bombers were killed, while trying to attack a military base known as Gontanamo in the Muna Garage area. The corpses were evacuated by NEMA workers.

Four female bombers died on June 19 in the Dalori IDPs camp and Dalori Kofa village, after killing 16 people.

It was also observed that in July, there was a further upsurge in the spate of female suicide bomb attacks, also attested to by the police and the army authorities.

The Borno State Police Command on July 12 confirmed the death of four female suicide bombers who detonated at a funeral, killing 12 Civilian Joint TaskForce members and injuring 23 other persons.

Also, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 7 Division spokesman, Lt.-Col. Kingsley Samuel, confirmed thateight female bombers were killed in another incident in just one week.

He said,“Two female bombers trying to infiltrate military locations in MammantiVillage, Borno on July 16 were neutralised.

Also, three bombers were killed by troops on July 22, while trying to attack Kawuri in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno state.

“The bombers were unleashed by the remnants of the desperate Boko Haram insurgents to cause mayhem to the civilian populace,”he said.

There were, however, a few occasions when the girl bombers were rescued before detonating their IEDs.

The Borno State Police Command had on February 7 arrested an 18-year-old female bomber, behind Mega Filling Station in Molai, Maiduguri area, among other cases.

Meanwhile,we had earlier reported thatSt. Philips Catholic Churchin Ozubulu located inEkusigo local government area of Anambra state was attacked this morning, Sunday, August 6 and several persons have been reported killed by gunmen.

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