Why I refused to detonate my explosive – female suicide bomber

FILE PHOTO: Suicide-bomb-vest-duly-primed-by-the-terrorists

A teenager, Amina Yusuf, paraded by the military on Wednesday in Maiduguri, said she failed to detonate her explosive because she did not subscribe to Boko Haram ideology.

The 17-year-old told journalists in Maiduguri that she was abducted five years ago, alongside her parents, in Madagali in Adamawa, after a terror attack on the village.

“I was abducted alongside my parents in Madagali in Adamawa after the terrorists attacked our village. We were taken to a camp in the bush where we were forcefully indoctrinated by the group,” she said.

The suspected suicide bomber said her parents were killed after they refused to be indoctrinated .

“My parents were executed because they did not join the group.

“I was married off to a Boko Haram militant with whom I lived in the camp,” she said.

“One day I was asked to wear the bombs. I was brought to Maiduguri with an instruction that I detonate the bomb where there is large crowd of people,” the teenager added.

She said that she declined to detonate the explosive because she did not want to die.

“They said I should press the button but I refused and allowed security men to capture me alive.

“My four siblings are still with the terrorists in the camp,” Yusuf said.

Lucky Irabor, Maj.- Gen. and the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, had presented her along with two unidentified girls to journalists during a weekly briefing in Maiduguri. (NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    …with this unintelligent report by the military, the life of other siblings will be in danger. Thanks to unprofessional conduct of media section of the military !

  • Dick Wari

    the live of this young Patriot is being sacrificed on the alter of unprofessional propaganda expediency.
    We know that the military are on top of their game in the fight against terrorism, but this act begs for more concern

  • Dick Wari

    But on a positive note, the military can catch in on this and run a serious media campaign for would-have-been detonators to save their lives by taking a cue from Patriot Amina Yusuf.
    I can assist in this if approached

  • Abe Lawrence

    What a bullshit, insane military strategists and propagandists. You have achieved nothing by bringing media attention to this, you have only succeeded in putting the life of the girl and the lives of her family at risk. Idiots

  • Kelvin Onyeka

    see? two other unidentified girls. someone who told you that her siblings are still with them in the bush was openly identified by the press and you will come here to tell us you are smart. what have you don to rescuer her siblings before telling us this. or you think the news may be after investigations?