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Cameroon Arrests Chibok Girl in Failed Suicide Bombing

A suspected suicide bomber arrested before she could detonate explosives strapped to her body in Cameroon’s northern border says she is one of the missing Chibok girls.

Some 270 girls were kidnapped from a Nigerian school at Chibok to an unknown destination in April 2014, provoking an international outcry.

Babila Akao said he asked the military and local self-defense groups to arrest or kill three suicide bombers his intelligence services and the population said had crossed over from Nigeria to Cameroon.

Akao is the highest-ranking official in Mayo Sava — an administrative area on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria.

“Yesterday in the night we had information that three suicide bombers, young women had been brought from Banki into Limani and Amchide,” said Akao. 

“Immediately I informed the D.O.’s [local administrative authorities] of Kolofata and Mora.

“My colleagues of the forces of law {military} and also all the members of the committee [self-defense groups] have been on the field and their work has given what you see today.”

Idrissou Yacoubou, leader of a self-defense group in Limani, says they arrested one of the girls before she could blow herself up. 

Another surrendered and the other escaped back to Nigeria. 

He says the girl who surrendered confessed she was one of the more than 200 girls seized two years ago by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok and taken to the Sambisa forest stronghold of the terrorist group.

Yacoubou says the 15-year-old girl who told them she was kidnapped from a school in Chibok ran to a woman in a nearby house and started crying for help.

Another older girl with explosives on her body panicked and surrendered.

Idrissou said the 15-year-old girl looked tired and malnourished, and could not give them more details about her stay in the forest or how she and the other captives were treated.

The girls have been handed over to Cameroon soldiers and their peers from Nigeria, Chad and Niger; members of the multi-national joint forces fighting Boko Haram.

Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the far north region of Cameroon, has ordered investigations to find out the authenticity of the girl’s declarations. 

He congratulated the self-defense group for helping to stop Boko Haram atrocities.

Bakari says Boko Haram, which he says is on the verge of being eliminated, has changed strategy and is using all of its remaining supporters and captives as instruments to kill. 

He says he is very proud of the actions carried out by self-defense groups and is urging everyone to collaborate with them and the military to completely eliminate Boko Haram.

An international campaign dubbed “Bring Back Our Girls” was launched. 

About 50 of them later escaped while Nigerian authorities say it does not know with certainty where the remaining Chibok girls are hidden.

Boko Haram has been using teenage girls in suicide bombings in Cameroon and in Nigeria.

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