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Teenage girl arrested with suicide bomb strapped to her says she was handed over to Boko Haram extremists by her parents

  • Zahra'u Babangida was taken to a Boko Haram hideout by her parents
  • Terrorists told her they would shoot her if she didn't wear a suicide vest
  • The fanatics told her she would go to paradise if she blew herself up 
  • She wore the suicide vest but refused to go through with the attack 
  • First known case of parents volunteering their daughter for suicide attack

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack.

The girl, who was identified as Zahra'u Babangida, was arrested in Kano on December 10 following a double suicide bombing in a market that killed 10 people.

She was presented to journalists on Wednesday by police and instructed to recount how Islamist militants allegedly forced her to take part in the attack.

Twisted: A 13-year-old Nigerian girl (pictured) who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists Wednesday that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack 

Twisted: A 13-year-old Nigerian girl (pictured) who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists Wednesday that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack 

Terrifying: This is the bomb belt that the girl was forced to wear - but that she thankfully didn't detonate

Terrifying: This is the bomb belt that the girl was forced to wear - but that she thankfully didn't detonate

She said her mother and father, both Boko Haram sympathisers, took her to an insurgent hideout in a forest near the town of Gidan Zana in Kano state.

She said one alleged militant leader asked her whether she knew what a suicide bombing was.

Zahra'u told journalists: 'They said, "Can you do it?" I said no.

'They said, "You will go to heaven if you do it." I said "no I can't". They said they would shoot me or throw me into a dungeon.'

There was no way to independently verify her story and she had no lawyer present. No information was available concerning the whereabouts of her parents.

Police said they had instructed the girl to tell her story to boost public awareness about those responsible for the December 10 attack.

Faced with the threat of death, Zahra'u said she finally agreed to take part in the attack but 'never had any intention of doing it'.

Several days later, Zahra'u said, she and three other girls, all wearing explosives, were brought to the Kantin Kwari market by unidentified men.

Massacre: A man walks past blood stains and rubble after twin suicide blasts at Kantin Kwari textile market in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on December 10

Massacre: A man walks past blood stains and rubble after twin suicide blasts at Kantin Kwari textile market in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on December 10

Zahra'u said she was injured when one of the girls detonated her bomb and then she fled the scene, ending up at a hospital on the outskirts of Kano where she was discovered to be carrying explosives.

Boko Haram has increasingly used female suicide bombers, including teenagers, as part of their five-year insurgency.

Kano, the largest city in the mainly Muslim north, saw four such attacks in one week in July, while similar bombings have hit the states of Bauchi and N****.

Experts say the group has used girls as bombers to demonstrate the range of tactics they have available to sow fear across Nigeria.

If confirmed, Zahra'u's story would be the first known case of parents volunteering their daughter to take part in a deadly attack.

Violence in northern Nigeria has intensified in recent months, raising security fears ahead of February 14 elections.

 

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Comment by chevon on January 6, 2015 at 12:31am
How can you believe in a cause or man so blindly that you are killing your own children for their beliefs? These parents needs a reality check (if its true).
Comment by Contonila Goodman on December 27, 2014 at 1:11pm

Beautiful young girl..how could they ? This is not the Muslim way ! Good luck Jonathan should change his name to Bad luck Jonathan.

Comment by dao on December 27, 2014 at 4:00am
I'm sad,
The government should step down
If the can't protect the public
Comment by Bombahdrop on December 26, 2014 at 5:44pm

Oh so now parent's are handing the kids to Ole Boko, REEDICULOUS,

Comment by vaughn mitchell on December 26, 2014 at 3:09pm

wow. Nigeria, is f***** up.

Comment by Mike Abdul Shakur Rossi on December 26, 2014 at 5:42am

Sad!

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