Nigerian teenager refuses to detonate bomb

Nigerian teenager refuses to detonate bomb

- A Nigerian teenager strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group refused to detonate bomb

- She failed to convince her accomplices who went ahead and killed 58 people

- She confessed to rescue workers and emergency workers

A Nigerian teenager strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her mentors.

Her two accomplices, however, completed their gruesome attack where they killed about 58 people by walking into a crowd of hundreds at Dikwa refugee camp and blew themselves up.

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The damage was extensive and rescuers had difficult time saying exactly how many people died at Dikwa because there were corpses and body parts everywhere.

"Women, children, men and aged persons all died," he said. "I cannot say the exact number as some cannot be counted because the bodies were all mangled," said Modu Awami, who is a member of the local self-defense force.

He helped question the little girl who gave a tearful story which indicates that at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware that they are about to die and kill others.

"She said she was scared because she knew she would kill people. But she was also frightened of going against the instructions of the men who brought her to the camp," said Awami.

The little girl was among thousands of teenage girls held captive for months by the militants.

The latest Boko Haram atrocity was committed against people who had been driven from the homes by the insurgents and headed across the border in Cameroon, which is the northeast of Nigeria.

According to AP, some 12,000 of them had only returned to Dikwa in Nigeria in January when soldiers declared the area safe.

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Algoni Lawan, a spokesman for the Ngala local government area who is privy to information about her interrogation by security forces said that:

"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.”

The little girl said she tried to persuade her companions to abandon the mission, Lawan stated, "but she said she could not convince the two others to change their minds."

She led soldiers to the unexploded vest to confirm her statement, Awami said.

Currently, the girl whose identity is being shielded is in custody and has given officials some relevant information about other planned bombings.

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Satomi Ahmed, chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency said her information is key to their operations.

Boko Haram's 6-year-old Islamic uprising which has spread across Nigeria’s borders has slaughtered over 20,000 people and made 2.5 million homeless.

An army bomb disposal expert said the some suicide bombs are detonated remotely, so the carriers may not have control over when the bomb goes off.

Boko haram have kidnapped thousands of people and the increasing number of suicide bombings by girls and children has increased the fears that they are turning some captives into weapons.


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