10-year-old girl dies after triggering suicide vest at displaced persons' camp in Nigeria

10-year-old girl dies after triggering her suicide vest at IDP camp in Nigeria

The girl was trying to get into an internally displaced persons camp

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A girl believed to be 10 years old has died after her suicide vest exploded at a displaced persons' camp in north-eastern Nigeria, according to a civilian vigilante.

The incident occured in Banki, near the Cameroon border in Borno state at around 11:30am local time, according to Musa Ahmad, who works with the military against Boko Haram Islamists.

No one else was injured in the blast at the camp, which provides shelter for internally displaced persons, or IDPs - those who have fled their homes but are not classes as refugees as they have not left their country.

It is the second attempt on the camp in recent weeks, Today reported.

Ahmad told AFP: “A girl of around 10 came by the military barracks and was trying to cross the road into the IDP camp.

“She was asked to stop by soldiers. But she ignored them. They threatened to shoot her if she didn’t stop. She obeyed and she was asked to lift up her hijab.

“She did and explosives were found to be strapped on her. Suddenly she pulled on the trigger and exploded.”

He suggested that the recent bombings could be from Boko Haram, “trying to hit back” after recent military operations against them.

Boko Haram has often used young women and children as suicide bombers in markets, mosques and bus stations.