World urged to condemn Boko Haram's use of girls as suicide bombers

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A group of refugees in Diffa, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

The world has been urged to unite in condemning what has been described as Boko Haram's "barbaric and evil use" of girls as suicide bombers.

The call was made on Thursday by Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.

This follows reports that last weekend Boko Haram terrorists used three young female suicide bombers as young as 10 years old to carry out attacks in Nigeria.

The terrorists are notorious for kidnapping school girls in the northern part of the country where they mainly operate.

Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, said today that the world must unite to condemn Boko Haram’s new barbaric low with their evil use of young girls as suicide bombers to carry out their murderous attacks. He noted three attacks over the past week using girls who blew themselves up in crowded areas. He added that, in contravention of international law, children are now being fired on indiscriminately as easy targets by Boko Haram, exploited as slaves and sex objects and deployed as suicide bombers." (29")

Mr. Brown said that on the first anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their Chibok school, the international community must resolve to do more against Boko Haram.

There is a need to ensure that children are better protected by supporting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's safe school initiative, he added.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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