Kidnapped girls used as suicide bombers?

By August 6, 2014
Protesting Boko Haram kidnappings.
Protesting Boko Haram kidnappings.

Nigerian families protest the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria. (Photo from

Nigeria (MNN) — Boko Haram: a terrorist group in Northern Nigeria that wants to rid the region of Christians and establish an Islamic state. Their attacks on churches, homes and businesses of Christians and kidnappings are happening more and more frequently.

A little over 100 days ago, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls. Now, it appears girls that age are being used as suicide bombers.

Voice of the Martyrs Todd Nettleton says, “Four female suicide bombers have been active in the last 10 days. Three of them have been successful. The one that was not successful was a 10-year-old girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body.”

This increase is raising a lot of questions. Nettleton says, “Where did these girls come from? Are these girls that have been raised up in radical Muslim families? Or, maybe even a more frightening scenario: are these some of the girls that [were] captured and kidnapped to serve as suicide bombers for the cause?”

According to an report, Lagos-based lawyer, Paul Ayoade, says the likelihood that the abducted Chibok girls are now the foot soldiers of Boko Haram is very high, given the fact that the country has not witnessed the case of young female bombers prior to the abduction of the girls. He added that Boko Haram as a notorious terrorist organization is “capable of doing anything to achieve its aim.”

Either way, this situation is horrific. “When you think about a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her body, this is clearly grown-ups who are manipulating children for their own ends, but literally sacrificing their lives.”

Churches in the region need armed guards for protection who will ask questions of visitors. “Is this someone who’s interested in visiting our church? Or is this a potential bomber who is pulling their car into our parking lot? That is just so foreign and mind-boggling to us, but that’s the reality that our brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria face every day,” says Nettleton.

What happens if these kidnapped girls are being used for suicide bombings? Nettleton says, “I think that really raises the stakes for the Nigerian government to go in and get the girls out.”

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  • Gene Madeira says:

    I have been praying for the conversion of leaders of Boko Harmon.
    Many terrorists have come to Christ and given up violence. God
    can do miracles to save Nigerian Christians. Let’s not give up.

  • The leaders of Boko Haram will NEVER repent and believe in Jesus. Never. Just as the Communist leaders in Russia and China never did, and neither did the Nazi Party leaders, and so also with every other terrorist the world has ever known, these men will never repent and believe. They are beyond repentance, and are only fit for destruction.

  • Jacky says:

    Christopher, when I read yor comment I smiled because I was very frustrated praying for my sister for years to repent. I remember saying, “she is beyond repentance!”. Soon, after, she came to Christ and repented.

  • Tiffany C says:

    I hear your frustration and feel the same way a LOT of the time about this situation as well as what is going on in Iraq/Syria, Egypt, Gaza, etc…but then I remember Saul (Paul)…and I just pray that God’s WILL be done and not mine (ours)…only He knows who will repent and who won’t.

  • Ken S. says:

    Praying for those taken captive. Even leaders have a chance to repent of their wicked deeds or perhaps our Lord will show them the evil of their ways.

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