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More details emerge after Boko Haram attack

Two 10-year-old suicide bombers were involved in attacks which killed at 23 people this weekend.

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - More details are beginning to emerge around the young girls Boko Haram is using to carry out suicide bombings.

This amid widespread condemnation in the wake of another deadly weekend in Nigeria.

At least 23 people were killed by three female suicide bombers over the weekend, two of whom were reported to be just 10-years-old.

It is believed the young girls were either sacrificed by their Boko Haram parents or kidnapped and forced to do their deadly work.

A trader in Potiskum says he saw the plaited hair and upper part of the torsos of the young suicide bomber yesterday.

Four people died in that attack.

In Maidiguri a day earlier, a 10-year-old suicide bomber killed 19 people.

Last month, a 10-year-old girl escaped and told authorities she had been beaten and threatened by Boko Haram militants who tried to force her to strap on an explosive belt and sacrifice herself.

The country is still reeling after last week's massacre in Baga in which 2,000 children, women and young men were slaughtered.

Amnesty International earlier said the Nigerian government's failure to prevent the massacre of more than 2,000 people by the terror group revealed its inability to protect civilians or launch any effective crackdown.

The massacre was condemned as unacceptable by the South African government, which says the African community must act in a coordinated manner.

Amnesty International's Noel Kututwa says, "What is surprising is the scale of the attack. We know that Boko Haram continues to operate and continues to kill, but the fact that they can kill more than 2,000 people and we don't hear of any military action by the government is really shocking."