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Nigeria: Babies Are Being Used To Carry Out Suicide Bombings

January 24, 2017

Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are carrying babies to help them avoid detection in carrying out attacks, Nigerian officials warned.

On January 13, two female suicide bombers carrying babies detonated their devices in Madagali, after being let through a security checkpoint where they were mistaken for civilians. As a result of the attack, they killed themselves, the two babies and four other people.

The women are believed to be products of the homegrown Islamic terror group Boko Haram that became well known in the West after they famously captured hundreds of school girls in 2014.

The Institute for Economics and Peace has labeled Boko Haram as the most deadly terror group in the world. The International Business Times reported that Boko Haram has managed to kill at least 15,000 people in the region.

The Nigerian government has launched a major counter-offensive against the terror group to regain the territories Boko Haram has captured, but in response they have increased their amount of suicide bombing attacks, often including women and young girls.