10-Year-Old Would-Be Suicide Bomber Arrested in Nigeria

Mike Pflanz, Telegraph (London), July 31, 2014

A 10-year-old girl strapped with a suicide bomber’s explosives belt has been taken into police custody alongside her 18-year-old sister in northern Nigeria, police said.

Their arrest on Wednesday came shortly before another female suicide attacker blew herself up at a higher-education college in the nearby city of Kano, killing six people in the fourth such attack using women in a week.

Security sources suspect Boko Haram, Nigeria’s al-Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents, has shifted its tactics to using women and girls indoctrinated by male relatives, or else forced to carry out attacks against their will.

The 10-year-old, Hadiza Musa, and her sister, Zainab Musa, 18, were being driven by a man in his 20s late in the evening in Funtua town, west of Kano, when they were stopped at a police roadblock and ordered out of their Honda hatchback.

“They were asked to alight but when they got down, officers saw that the youngest one was strapped with explosives, it was an IED on a vest she was wearing,” Mike Omeri, a Nigerian government spokesman, told The Telegraph.

“The girl did not offer resistance and she was stopped and her vest was demobilised. We have not yet forensically investigated it, but it was prepared and would have caused havoc.

“The older girl and the man tried to escape but they were cut off by ordinary citizens and arrested. We are questioning them.”

Using female suicide bombers appears to be a new tactic of Boko Haram in Kano, although they have used them on occasion for years further north in Nigeria.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others.

On Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself but no one else while trying to target police officers.

“We wish to assure Nigerians that the government is putting all efforts and resources into countering the violent insurgency by Boko Haram,” he said.

“It is reprehensible that the terrorists are now using little girls that they have indoctrinated, or lured, or tricked and forced into being involved in something they have no reason in their mind to understand.”

In a separate incident on Tuesday, two suicide bombers killed 13 people in attacks on two mosques in the town of Potiskum, in Yobe state in the northeast. Boko Haram was again suspected.

The group, whose name translates roughly as “Western education is sin”, is holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage that its forces kidnapped close to four months ago.

International efforts to locate and free them have been fruitless.

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  • Hey that’s nothing. Girls that look as young as 10 years old were part of the fun and festivities last night in Ferguson.

  • dd121

    I guess that in Africa where malaria is rampant, a bomb strapped to a 10 year old, makes and excellent bug repellent.

  • The solution to this insanity is of course to import tens of millions of Africans and followers of Allah to the West so they can vote Democrat and enrich us with their diversity. That love of the “detonate” button trumps all in the minds of these creatures. That inborn urge to destroy can’t be bred out of them, but libtards will keep importing them anyway. Got to get that democrat majority built up.

  • IstvanIN

    Let them be, just don’t bring them here.

  • TruthBeTold

    Muslim family Valued: Khaled Sharroufs’ 7 year old son holding the head of a Syrian soldier:

    • HE2

      This son of a murderous muzzie kid looks White???

      • Who Me?

        I noticed that too. Kid looks way too White to be an Arabic type wuth a name like Khaled Sharrouf.

      • TruthBeTold

        I saw that too. Google the name Khaled Sharrouf to read the story. The kid is considered Australian. His father appears to be an Arab transplant:

        • HE2

          Thanks, will google the name.
          Both these kids look White. Cannot tell about he daddy. With the creepy beard, he looks Arabic.
          Let me get this straight: so, this is an Australian White family transplanted to an Arabic country, now converts, and gone rogue Islamic, complete with adopted proper muzzie name?
          I feel sorry for the kids. They are brainwashed, and trapped in the insanity.

  • John Stone

    Western culture is a sin. That’s what they believe and that’s how they act but only with the bravery of women and children.

  • Who Me?

    “The group, whose name translates roughly as “Western education is sin”, is holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage that its forces kidnapped close to four months ago.”

    Any chance those kidnapped schoolgirls may be the females getting forced to act as suicide bombers?

  • Normal men and women want to protect and guide children, in order that their lives be long and happy.

  • tancred guiscard

    I think the CIA should supply some suicide bomber vests, but with an extremely low blast radius with the end result resembeling spontaneous human combustion.