Nigeria (MNN) — Boko Haram: a terrorist group in Northern Nigeria that wants to rid the region of Christians and establish an Islamic state. Their attacks on churches, homes and businesses of Christians and kidnappings are happening more and more frequently.
A little over 100 days ago, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls. Now, it appears girls that age are being used as suicide bombers.
Voice of the Martyrs Todd Nettleton says, “Four female suicide bombers have been active in the last 10 days. Three of them have been successful. The one that was not successful was a 10-year-old girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body.”
This increase is raising a lot of questions. Nettleton says, “Where did these girls come from? Are these girls that have been raised up in radical Muslim families? Or, maybe even a more frightening scenario: are these some of the girls that [were] captured and kidnapped to serve as suicide bombers for the cause?”
According to an AllAfrica.com report, Lagos-based lawyer, Paul Ayoade, says the likelihood that the abducted Chibok girls are now the foot soldiers of Boko Haram is very high, given the fact that the country has not witnessed the case of young female bombers prior to the abduction of the girls. He added that Boko Haram as a notorious terrorist organization is “capable of doing anything to achieve its aim.”
Either way, this situation is horrific. “When you think about a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her body, this is clearly grown-ups who are manipulating children for their own ends, but literally sacrificing their lives.”
Churches in the region need armed guards for protection who will ask questions of visitors. “Is this someone who’s interested in visiting our church? Or is this a potential bomber who is pulling their car into our parking lot? That is just so foreign and mind-boggling to us, but that’s the reality that our brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria face every day,” says Nettleton.
What happens if these kidnapped girls are being used for suicide bombings? Nettleton says, “I think that really raises the stakes for the Nigerian government to go in and get the girls out.”