Nigerian Mob Kills Teenage Girl Accused of Being Suicide BomberMustapha Muhammad
A Nigerian mob beat to death a teenage girl suspected of being a suicide bomber at a market in the northeastern city of Bauchi, police said.
The crowd burnt the girl’s body after the lynching on Sunday, Mohammed Haruna, a police spokesman in Bauchi, said by phone from the city. No explosives were found on her remains, leading police to doubt claims she was on a suicide mission, Haruna said. Police will investigate the incident and prosecute those responsible, he said.
Northeastern Nigeria has been rocked by a wave of suicide bombings at markets and bus stations as militant group Boko Haram escalates its six-year campaign to impose Islamic law on Africa’s biggest economy and largest oil-producing nation.
In January, a girl as young as 10 set off explosives at a market in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people.
President Goodluck Jonathan last week condemned the group’s “callous” reversion to suicide bombing of soft targets as the military steps up a campaign to recapture territories taken by Boko Haram in the northeast.