Attempted suicide bomber detained in Cameroon, says she’s one of Chibok girls.
– By Lucky Akhimien
A young girl, about 15 years old, who attempted to blow herself up in a suicide attack has been apprehended in a village called Limani in northern Cameroon. The suspected female teenage suicide bomber was intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself. The 15 year old girl claimed to be one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, North-East Nigeria in April, in 2014, military and local government sources said.
According to a Reuters report on Friday, two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in the village of Limani in northern Cameroon. They were then handed over to Cameroonian soldiers belonging to a multi-national force set up to take on Boko Haram.
Boko Haram militants raided Chibok, Borno State in April 2014, abducting about 300 schoolgirls, who have since been in their captivity. Despite several promises by former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari, the girls are yet to be found, raising suspicion and fuelling several conspiracy theories.
According to Raymond Roksdo, a local government administrator, who spoke with Urhokpota Reporters correspondents in Cameroon, he said…
“One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls.”
When asked for confirmation, two military sources, who asked not to be identified as they were not authorised 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. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything,” one of the military sources told our source.
However, experts have queried the veracity of the claim by the teenager. According to a security critics who preferred not to be mentioned, she said that the statement credited to the 15 year old was suspect because Chibok girls were about 16 years writing WAEC about two years ago. She reasoned that this suspected suicide bomber could not possibly by among the Chibok because they are definitely older.
Meanwhile, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that soldiers of the 7 Division Garrison, Maiduguri, on Friday intercepted two female suicide bombers around 1.20 am south of Umurari village on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Usman said that while one of the female suicide bombers detonated the explosives strapped to her body and killed herself on sighting the soldiers, the other was taken out by one of the snipers of the garrison. He said that the combined team of the army and the Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal detonated the explosive device that was strapped to the body of the dead female suicide bomber. He said the troops and the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force were searching the area to prevent a further breach of peace there.