Nigeria Says Female Suicide Bombers Were From Its Chibok Region

  • Minister say they weren't among schoolgirls abducted in 2014
  • Troops have liberated 60 of 62 local government areas

Nigeria’s Defense Minister Mansur Dan-Ali said the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is using girls abducted from the Chibok region, in the country’s northeastern Borno state, as suicide bombers.

The suicide-bombers aren’t part of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitories in Chibok in April 2014, Dan-Ali said in an e-mailed statement.

Borno has been the epicenter of Boko Haram’s seven-year campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s largest economy. The group’s brutal tactics drew global outrage after it abducted the schoolgirls. While the military has rescued thousands of women and children kidnapped in the northeast, most of the schoolgirls haven’t been found.

Troops fighting the insurgents have liberated 60 of 62 local government areas spanning three states in the northeast previously occupied by Boko Haram, Dan-Ali said in the statement. Two local areas still have “remnants of Boko Haram activities but not under the complete occupation of the terrorists,” he said.

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