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ICC Note: Women constantly suffer violence and abuse by Islamic radicals like Boko Haram. Some of them are abducted and forced to convert to Islam, but other choose to join voluntarily to escape their social conditions. Unfortunately, women are forced to marry the fighters and are used to recruit or incentivize them too. Regardless of how they got to join Boko Haram, some of these victims are also recruited to carry out attacks in the community.  

05/15/2017, Nigeria (All Africa) – A 14-year-old female suspected suicide bomber says Boko Haram leaders chose her to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device in Maiduguri because she refused to get married to their members in Sambisa Forest.

The suspect is among three suspects arrested by the military when they allegedly came for a suicide mission at a military facility in Jakana in Maiduguri.

The suspect told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Sunday that she was sent on the mission to detonate the device because she refused marriage proposals from three Boko Haram terrorists.

The suspect said she was abducted with her father, Usman, by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno, in 2013.

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