Report points at upsurge in Boko Haram child bombers

Apr 12, 2017, 5:54 AM EDT
Nigeria unrest
(Source: Diariocritico de Venezuela/flickr)

According to a recent report by the U.N.I.C.E.F., militant group Boko Haram has kidnapped and used an “alarming” number of children, including girls, to carry out suicide bombings in Africa in the first three months of 2017. The armed group, which has dominated the Lake Chad region for eight years now, radically stepped up child suicide attacks targeting crowded markets, mosques and camps for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.

Marie-Pierre Poirier, U.N.I.C.E.F.'s regional director for West and Central Africa, condemned the outfit’s tactics of “forcing or deceiving” children into committing horrific attacks, writes Al Jazeera.

In the same report, U.N.I.C.E.F. raised questions on the Nigerian military, accusing it of detaining children with suspected Boko Haram ties, in barracks without their parents and with no medical or psychological aid, notes Mail Online.