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Female suicide bombers using babies during missions in Nigeria

Two suicide bombers who carried out a 13 January attack in Madagali had babies strapped to their backs.

FILE: This handout image from Doctors Without Border (MSF) shows people standing next to destruction after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are blowing themselves up while carrying babies to avoid detection.

Authorities have warned that the sick tactic could become a 'dangerous' trend among terrorists after nine people died in a blast earlier this month.

Two of the suicide bombers who carried out a 13 January attack in Madagali had babies strapped to their backs.

The women apparently passed a vigilante checkpoint and were mistaken for civilians because they were carrying infants.

Two other women who were not carrying infants were stopped at the checkpoint.

Boko Haram, a Jihadist militant group that has ravaged Nigeria, is suspected to have carried out the bombing.

The group has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million others during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in the north of Nigeria.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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