A baby has been confirmed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to be involved in the casualty that occurred in the Madagali attack on January 13 as the female suicide bomber who
attacked the town in northeast Nigeria was reported to have been carrying a baby at the time
But the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it was unclear whether this was a new tactic on the part of Boko Haram Islamists to allow would-be bombers to evade detection.
“From the report we got after the Madagali attack (on 13 January), one of the female suicide bombers had a baby strapped to her back,” said NEMA coordinator for Adamawa state Saad Bello.
“However it is not clear whether it was a coincidence or a strategy they employed to avoid detection by security personnel.
“This was one isolated case and it will be premature to arrive at a definite conclusion that the use of babies in suicide attacks has become a trend.”
At least two people were killed and 15 others injured in the explosions in Madagali at a checkpoint manned by local hunters, at a military post and a bus station.
Police said four female bombers were responsible while the state government blamed Boko Haram, which has frequently targeted Madagali.
This is not the first time that females have been involved in suicide bombings in Nigeria. Women and girls, some reportedly aged 10 and younger, have been used to target checkpoints, bus stations, mosques, churches, schools and markets to inflict maximum civilian casualties.