NBC quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Boko Haram’s use of abudcted girls as suicide bombers:
Boko Haram roughly translates to “Western education is sinful.” The group aims to create its own state based on strict Islamic law.
It has used female suicide bombers before, notably in a spate of attacks last July in central northern city of Kano. But Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, said the recent use of young girls represented a “ratcheting up” of the group’s bombing campaign, “first to women and now to children.”
“Young women who are abducted, it has been suggested that they might be used as wives. But it’s certainly possible they could be used as bombers,” he added.