‘My dad gave me to Boko Haram’

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 25 Desember 2014 | 20.01

The terrorist group Boko Haram has killed at least 33 people and kidnapped 185 more in an attack on a Nigerian village.

Unwilling bombers ... 'Zaharau' says she was given to terrorist organisation Boko Haram by her father, but refused to detonate her bomb. Source: Supplied Source: Supplied

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb at a market in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

Nigeria has suffered numerous suicide bombings in recent months carried out by girls and young women. That has raised fears that the insurgents are using kidnapped girls.

She says she told her captors she did not want to be a suicide bomber but allowed them to strap her into a vest primed with explosives because they threatened to bury her alive.

The girl, known only as Zaharau, told a news conference on Wednesday night that she saw many people being buried alive at the Boko Haram camp where her father took her in Bauchi state, east of Kano.

She said her captors asked if she wanted to go to paradise and, when she said yes, explained she would have to be a suicide bomber.

"When I was told I would have to die to enter paradise, that I would have to explode a bomb and die, I said I cannot do it," she said.

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Taken ... Nigeria's Boko Haram shared footage of the schoolgirls they abducted. Picture: AP Photo Source: AP

Scene ... more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok public school by Boko Haram Islamists on April 14. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

When they threatened to kill her, she allowed them to strap her into a vest primed with explosives, saying "I was afraid to be buried alive."

She says she was taken to Kano's textile market where two other girls detonated their bombs. Police said four people were killed and seven people — including Zaharau — in the December. 10 attack.

The girl says she then went to a hospital for treatment from injuries she sustained in the attack.

Police presented the girl at a news conference yesterday.

Protests ... a signboard bearing the name of one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, Ruth Ngladar, is tied to a fence in Lagos. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The West African nation's homegrown Boko Haram group attracted international condemnation when its fighters kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a boarding school in northeast Chibok town in April. Dozens escaped but 219 remain missing. Thousands of people have been killed and 1.6 million driven from their homes in the five-year-old uprising to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation of 160 million people divided between mainly Muslims in the north and Christians in the south.

Police Superintendent Adenrele Shinaba said the girl was arrested in the hospital with a leg wound. A taxi driver took her to the hospital, and she said she left her suicide vest on the seat. The driver alerted police.

Shinaba said she will remain in custody while investigations continue. He said they had been unable to find her father, who the girl said belongs to Boko Haram.

Mother's heartbreak ... Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped schoolgirl Monica Mark, cries for her daughter. Picture: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba Source: AP


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