Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

26 May 2015, 19:57

Lagos - An "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria has children in danger of being seen as potential threats, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped, to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 all of last year, it said.

Women and children carried out three-quarters of all such attacks with girls aged between approximately 7 and 17 years blamed for nine suicide bombings since July, UNICEF said in a collation of reports.

"Children are not instigating these suicide attacks; they are used intentionally by adults in the most horrific way," said Jean Gough, UNICEF representative in Nigeria. "They are first and foremost victims, not perpetrators."

The agency is concerned children will increasingly be perceived as "potential threats," putting them in danger of retaliation and jeopardizing their return home.

It's not known how many thousands of children and women have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, with new abductions reported every week. UNICEF said it estimates that 743,000 children have been uprooted by the nearly 6-year-old insurgent uprising, with as many as 10,000 separated from their families in the chaos.

Also read: US condemns 'vicious' Nigeria bombings 

Nigeria's military recently reported rescuing some 700 women and children from Boko Haram during a weeks-long offensive to oust the extremists from camps in its Sambisa Forest stronghold.

Reporters have seen only 275 of those freed taken to the safety of a refugee camp on May 2 and then reportedly flown to an unidentified military facility last week, supposedly to undergo more trauma counseling.

Seventy percent of that group is children under age 5, with 63 unable to identify relatives, the National Emergency Management Agency said Sunday.

Last week, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, expressed alarm at "the horrific mental and physical scars" inflicted by Boko Haram violence.

"Whole communities have fled their villages and endured unimaginable suffering. Traumatized people, without homes, belongings, income and education for their children," he said, adding the massive humanitarian needs demand serious international attention.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...