10-year-old suicide bomber dies in foiled attack on IDP camp

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 .

In April last year , at least seven people were killed at the camp in a suicide bomb attack carried out by two women .

Boko Haram has frequently deployed young women and children as suicide bombers to target crowded places such as mosques, markets and bus stations.

On Tuesday , at least one person was killed when a suicide bomber exploded at a mosque at Dalori , on the outskirts of Maiduguri , during morning prayers , residents and the authorities said .

Shuaibu Abubakar said the blast happened at about 5: 30 am (0430 GMT) as a suicide bomber tried to enter the place of worship .

“ One of the worshippers , who was apparently on guard, grabbed him and the explosives went off , killing both of them . Worshippers were saved,” he said .

Tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict are currently living at two camps set up at Dalori .

On January 30 last year , at least 85 people were killed when militant fighters stormed and torched Dalori , sending local residents fleeing into the bush.

AFP

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