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A recent spat of highly ineffective female suicide bombings in Kano, Nigeria have raised concerns that Boko Haram is forcing some of the more than 240 girls it kidnapped in April to sacrifice their lives in attempts to take the lives of others in the name of jihad. While the claims go unsubstantiated, the deplorable bombings once again affirm Boko Haram’s limitless willingness to inflict terror on Nigerian Christians, moderate Muslims, innocent civilians, educators and students in its pursuit of a separate Islamic state. Learn everything you need to know about Boko Haram’s hinous schoolgirl abduction, here.

08/14/2014 Nigeria (World Magazine) – A string of suicide bombings by young women in northern Nigeria are stoking fear and prompting speculation that Boko Haram may be indoctrinating or coercing its kidnapping victims into radical Islam.

The rash of female suicide bombings prompted speculation in the African press that Boko Haram might be turning kidnapped girls, such as the more than 200 who were abducted from Chibok in April, into bombers. Most of those girls were Christians, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

In May, the terrorist group claimed that all the girls had converted to Islam.

ICC’s Cameron Thomas considered the speculation “plausible” but said there were other immediate concerns for the girls’ plight.

“Women are once again being made the victims of Boko Haram’s endless pursuit for a separate Islamic state,” Thomas said. “In propaganda videos, Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has proudly declared his intention to sell those abducted as child brides into lifetimes of rape by their militant captors. Images have been released of Boko Haram forcefully converting those abducted—90 percent of whom are professed Christians—to Islam.”

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