Arrested Suicide Bomber Claims To Be One Of Chibok Schoolgirls

Chibok girlsA suspected female suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up has claimed to be one of 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from Chibok town in Borno State in April 2014.
Reuters cites military and local government sources as saying two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in the northern Cameroonian village of Limani, the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.
The girls were then handed over to Cameroonian soldiers, who are members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force against Boko Haram.
A local government administrator, Raymond Roksdo, who confirmed the development, said “one of the indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We’re now verifying, because on the Nigerian side, they have the names and photos of these girls”.
Two military officers, who pleaded for their identities to be protected as they were not authorized to speak to the press, also confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok abductees.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information”, one of the military sources said. “We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything”.
If true, this would be the first time that any of the Chibok schoolgirls have been confirmed to be used by the terrorists to carry out suicide bombings.
While there were fears that some of the abducted schoolgirls may have been sent on suicide missions given that most of the suicide bombers are teenagers, around the same age as the Chibok girls, such fears have not been substantiated and this latest development may just shed more light on the fate of the girls, whose abduction almost two years ago, sparked national and global outrage.

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