Nigeria thwarts Boko Haram plan to attack US, UK embassies

Trevor Jackson
April 14, 2017

It has increasingly used children, especially girls, as suicide bombers. The Nigerian government denied a ransom was paid and that it freed some detained Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the girls. They are: "One Freeborn Chisom Innocent from Ikeduru, Imo State was arrested at Nzaocha Street, Aba for engaging in subversive activities against public servants".

The 2014 abduction of 276 girls from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria brought global attention to the phenomenon as the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls trended worldwide. While one of the largest single abductions, the incident was a part of a broad pattern of capturing children. The group disproportionately uses girls; more than 80 percent of these children are female.

Last year, the group expanded attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad. UNICEF calls the sudden increase "alarming" in a new report. "Forcing or deceiving them into committing such horrific acts is reprehensible", said Unicef's Marie-Pierre Poirier, quoted on Sky News.

She said she did not think her sister would be made to kill herself by detonating a bomb, as people said it was subsistence farmers' children, not schoolgirls, who were generally used.

According to her, as a effect, girls, boys and even infants have been viewed with increasing fear at markets and checkpoints, where they are thought to carry explosives.

'Provide care and protection for separated and unaccompanied children.

The revelation comes as USA officials confirmed that the Trump administration is expected to move ahead with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram.

In December 2015, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the group had been "technically defeated".

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"Boko Haram factions are competing for targets to show who is in charge", David Otto, counterterrorism expert at United Kingdom -based TGS Intelligence Consultants, told Newsweek. CBSN's DeMarco Morgan has the story of how they were taken.

"After being manipulated and drugged, she was forced into an attempted suicide attack".

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militant groups run summer camps in which they train violent Palestinian children.

Growing suspicionDada, 15 years old, and her daughter, Hussaina, 2 years old, at home in a host community shelter in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria on March 1, 2017. Dada was raped repeatedly by her 'husband, ' and became pregnant.

"These children are victims, not perpetrators. This type of attack reminds us of the U.N. Abuja bomb which was specifically a message that Boko Haram is not a local terrorist organization". This led to the detention previous year of 1,500 young people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Roughly two-thirds were released. "The truth is that these children were in captivity".

In 2014, the group's leader Abubakar Shekau declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the territories it controlled, and Shekau later pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Last year, it reached more than 312,000 children with psychosocial support and reunited more than 800 children with their families in the four countries.

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