International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Boko Haram’s use of young girls in carrying out terrorist attacks in Nigeria:

“The use of young children as suicide bombers by Boko Haram, as apparently was the case in the attacks in Maiduguri and Potiskum this weekend, represents a new twist on an escalation of Boko Haram’s brutal campaign of violence,” Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, told International Business Times.


“This is clearly Boko Haram’s intent to further corrode the legitimacy of the Nigerian state that it rejects,” Pham said, “and a reminder that there is nothing too sacred that the militant group’s leaders won’t touch or too low that they won’t stoop.”

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