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Boko Haram: Female ‘Homicide Or Suicide Bombing’

Posted: Jun 13, 2015 at 12:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nkasiobi Oluikpe –   Lagos


Since the outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, Nigerians have been inundated with stories of bomb explosions and suicide bombers. At the onset of the ugly development, it used to be an all male suicide bombing affairs, but recent trend has shown that just like in every other endeavour of life where the female folks attempt to either measure up or outdo their male counterparts, female suicide bombers are presently taking the centre stage.

Just two days ago, reports have it that three women wearing explosive vests blew up near Maiduguri in an apparent failed suicide bombing attack where dozens were said to have died in the process.

Also last week, at the outskirts of Maiduguri, three other women reportedly died when their explosive vests detonated near the Maimalari Barracks.

Though, female bombing is not new in places like Iran, Sri Lanka, Syria, Iraq, Chechnyan, Palestinian and other troubled Asian countries, but since middle of last year, the worrisome development is assuming a new dimension in Nigeria, leading many to ponder over how and why any female, would embark on such mission.

They have been referred to by many as either homicide bombers, that is, people who take the lives of others while preserving theirs or suicide bombers, that is killing once self and probably others alongside. Whether homicide or suicide, one point stands out, people have come to absolve them of blame because according to them, most of these girls were kidnapped in the course of Boko Haram raiding, indoctrinated and forcefully recruited into the sect against their own will, hence should not be referred to or addressed as ‘female bombers’.

Like someone recently posted: “The media should not write about ‘female bombers’ when these are homicide bombings, not suicide bombings, perpetrated by Boko Haram. These women were not likely given a choice to wear remote controlled bombs, and it’s an insult added to the injury of their plight.”

Collaborating the comment above, another noted that it is not suicide when someone else forces you to wear explosives and detonates it remotely. These poor women probably think it’s their only way out. They have been kidnapped and forced to wear the bombs and someone else, someone safely out of harm’s way, do doubt, decided when to blow up the bombs.

The comment further reads: “These women aren’t committing suicide – they are as victimized by Boko Harem as those hurt and killed by the bombings. Boko Haram is nothing but a group of cowards who use others to perpetuate their violence.

In a form of mockery, another remarked that the once thrown away female babies can now grow up to become useful to the religious extremists. In continuation she asks: “I wonder if they’re using the “Bring-back-our-girls” girls for these bombings. My gut tells me yes.

While trying to strike a balance in the face of the whole situation, another noted thus: “If there is no reason to live people will find a reason to die.”