A suspected female suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday claimed she is one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014.
Reuters reports that the army in the region arrested two girls carrying explosives in the village of Limani, north of Cameroon. The area has been the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.
The girls have been handed over to Cameroonian soldiers belonging to a multi-national force set up to take on Boko Haram.
One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15.
Boko Haram had raided a school in Chibok in April 2014 while the girls were taking exams. The terrorist group loaded 270 of the girls onto trucks, 50 of them had escaped shortly afterwards.
“One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls,” said local government administrator Raymond Roksdo.
Military source has confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok Abductees.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything,” one of the military sources said.
Joint operations between Nigeria and its neighbours Niger, Chad and Cameroon have succeeded in driving Boko Haram from many of its strongholds in Nigeria last year.
Meanwhile, the Bring Back Our Girls campaign team continue their countdown to two years since the Chibok girls were abducted, tasking the Buhari government to ensure the safe return of all the girls.
2. While we await official confirmation from the Cameroonian and Nigerian governments. It is important to state that:— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) March 25, 2016
3. I. She is said to be 15 years. II. To our knowledge the youngest of our abducted #ChibokGirls were 15 in 2014 when they were abducted.— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) March 25, 2016
4. We eagerly await official response. Today is Day 711 and 20 days to 2 years of the abduction. #BringBackOurGirls— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) March 25, 2016
5. #ChibokGirls or not, the use of girls, children, or any human—who are themselves victims—as suicide bombers is totally reprehensible.— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) March 25, 2016