The Nigerian Army has averted a suicide bomb attack in Borno State, the foothold of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The reports indicate that the attack which involved three young girls was unsuccessful after soldiers identified and shot two of the girls and arrested the other.
The Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team (EOD) swiftly diffused the suicide vests strapped on the two girls.
In the countries fighting Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region – Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed Islamist group in the first three months of 2017, UNICEF said in a report and statement. That was up from nine in the same period last year.
Boko Haram is an affiliate of the Islamic State terrorists group largely operating in Middle East especially in Syria and Iraq.