Nigerian girl (13) arrested wearing explosives vest

2014-12-12 06:58

Kano – Nigerian police arrested a 13-year-old girl wearing an explosives-packed vest in the northern city of Kano hours after an attack by two female suicide bombers, a security source and a witness said yesterday.

The girl turned up at a clinic on the outskirts of Kano hours after a double bombing at a market in the city.

“The people there called the attention of security personnel who found explosives primed for a suicide attack on her,” said the security source, who requested anonymity, in an account confirmed by a nurse at the clinic.

Earlier. suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 11 people in an attack on a remote town in the restive northeast of Nigeria, razing houses and forcing residents to flee.

The raid targeted the town of Gajiganna in Borno state, which has been previously hit by the Islamist extremists.

“We have lost 11 of our innocent people,” said Zarami Kolo, a senior local government official.

“The terrorists also injured [several] people and set on fire every single house in the village,” he said.

The raid began at sundown on Wednesday but details from the remote region, which has a poor mobile phone network, did not immediately emerge.

The militants “started shooting indiscriminately, forcing our people to scamper for safety”, Kolo said, adding: “The town is no more and our people are in distress.”

Boko Haram was accused of attacking a church in the town in 2012.

The group’s five-year uprising is estimated to have killed more than 13 000 people and forced more than 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

The Islamists are believed to control more than two dozen towns and cities in the northeast, mostly in Borno.

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