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NEWS Situation Tracking - Nigeria [Aug-2017] - FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBINGS

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Nigeria recorded its first case of female suicide bombing on June 8, 2014. This involved a middle-aged woman, who detonated an explosive device (IED) strapped to her body at a Military barracks in Gombe State, killing herself and one Military personnel. Since that period, the frequency of suicide missions carried out mainly by women and young teenage girls on soft targets has heightened, with intense suspicions and debates among Nigerians on the ‘tradition of wearing hijab’ by Muslim women and girls, as IEDs were often concealed under hijabs......Read more