Friday, December 26, 2014

My father enlisted me into Boko Haram - 13-year-old female bomber

The Kano State Police Command on Wednesday said it had arrested one of the suspected female bombers, Zaharau Babangida, 13, who was alleged to have attacked the Kano textile market two weeks ago in the metropolis.

The suspected bomber said she came all the way from Bauchi to carry out the heinous act in the Kano market.

She told journalists when paraded at the state police command jointly with Department of State Security Service that her father took her and her mother to an unknown forest where they met other terrorists in what was supposed to be their camp.

Zaharau also confessed that her father alongside the people they met at the forest persuaded her into becoming a suicide bomber so as to enter heaven on the day of judgement.

"My father said I should first go to heaven and he would join me later. I was so disturbed and decided to do what they asked me to do.

"It even went to the extent that they told us that if we refused to take part in that operation they would kill us or they would bury us alive," she said.

In his briefing, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, said the police had also apprehended one of the persons who brought the girl to Kano from Bauchi, pointing out that the vehicle in which they brought the girl was now with the security agents.

According to him, the girl was arrested at one of the hospitals in Kano where she went to seek medical treatment following the injuries she sustained after the market blast.

The commissioner also displayed some of the items recovered from her including seven explosives and a power source.

He said the police found it necessary to address the news conference in order to disabuse the minds of the public on the.rumour that the spate of bombings in Kano were being perpetrated by a particular tribe.

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