10 Year Old Girl Victimized by Boko Haram

A girl believed to be about 10 years old was strapped with explosives and sent into a busy market in Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 16 and injuring more than 20. Boko Haram has been causing conflicts in the area of the bombing for more than five years. A police source told reporters, "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old,” The bombing took place just days after one of the worst Boko Haram attacks ever. Some 2,000 people are believed to have been gunned down in the town of Baga, also in Borno. Forced actions like this that involve children by Boko Haram have been reported by Human Rights Watch since November 2013. At that time, the group reported the abduction of a number of young girls selling goods on the streets or working on farms in remote villages. It has been said Boko Haram used children as young as 14 in its numerous attacks on villages in Nigeria. Why would Boko Haram do this to young children?

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