The Boko Haram terror group is intensifying its recruitment of children as suicide bombers and soldiers, International Christian Concern (ICC) reported Tuesday.
Citing “recent research,” ICC said that the Islamist militants are targeting young children to act as suicide bombers, while seeking older children to serve either as suicide bombers or soldiers.
To entice young recruits, Boko Haram promises “protection, purpose, food and security” in return for services, ICC noted, and for many of these indigent children, the offer can seem too good to pass up.
One 15-year-old boy said in 2018 he had built 500 bombs for Boko Haram since his abduction at age ten, one of a mass of Nigerian children whom the jihadists have used as child soldiers, cooks, engineers, and suicide bombers.
Already in 2015, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported an increase in the use of children for suicide attacks in Nigeria by Boko