Boko Haram: Female Suicide Bombers in Nigeria

Image: 10 February 2016 Photo of Boko Haram female suicide bomber attack in Cameroon on 10 February 2016. Notice how vest did not detonate correctly and that most of the vest is still in tact. The Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA - Boko Haram) reportedly has used more than 100 women and girls in the execution of suicide attacks. The attacks were against open ended targets, such as mosques, markets, at funerals, camps etc in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. These attacks not only provide insights into ISWA's tenacity and ability to adjust tactics, but also a Nigerian government counter terror strategy inability to escape problems of the past. These problems relate to continued mistrust by local residents, ineffective operational management in a vast area with limited infrastructure and accusations of soldiers abetting ISWA activities by selling arms to the group. Aggravating these historical realities are a persistent presence of foreign trainers reinforcing a singular mindset of…

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