Mob stones, burns girl they thought was bomber
02 March 2015, 08:07
Bauchi - A crowd on Sunday beat to death a teenage girl accused of being a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze, police and witnesses said at a northeastern Nigerian market.
A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at Muda Lawal, the biggest market in Bauchi city.
A spate of suicide bombings has been blamed on Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, which wants to enforce strict Islamic law across Nigeria. The group has threatened to disrupt Nigeria's 28 March presidential and legislative elections, saying democracy is a corrupt Western concept.
The two girls aroused suspicion in Bauchi by refusing to be searched when they arrived at the gate to the vegetable market, said a vendor.
People overpowered one girl and discovered she had two bottles strapped to her body, he said. They clubbed her to death, put a tyre doused in fuel over her head and set it on fire, he said.
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It seems doubtful the girl was actually a bomber as she did not detonate any explosives when she was attacked, said a police spokesperson.
He described her as the victim of "mob action carried out by an irate crowd."
Recently some girls as young as 10 have been used to carry explosives that detonated in busy markets and bus stations, raising fears that Boko Haram may be using some of its hundreds of kidnap victims in bomb attacks. It's unclear whether such girls detonate explosions themselves or whether the bombs are controlled remotely.