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The gut-wrenching testimony of a 13-year-old girl forced by her father to carry a suicide bomb for Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by sharia law in northeast Nigeria.

01/07/2014 Nigeria (CNN) – A 13-year-old Nigerian girl told reporters that her father handed her over to Islamist militants to become a suicide bomber, but she fled as two other girls detonated their explosives at a market earlier this month.

The girl was presented before the media Wednesday to describe what she called her forced role in the deadly attack. Her father, she said, joined Boko Haram and took his wife and daughter to a village in the forest in Bauchi state in northern Nigeria.

“My father took us to the bush, which was surrounded by gunmen,” she said, according to a CNN translation. “I was asked if I wanted to go to heaven. When I answered, they said I have to go for a suicide mission and if I attempted to run they would kill me.”

The girl and two others were taken by Boko Haram militants to Nigeria’s second most populous city, Kano, and were dressed with explosives-laden devices.

The other girls set off hidden bombs that day, killing four people, police said.

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