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THE WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR THE DEADLIEST TERRORIST GROUP IN THE WORLD

West & Central Africa

THE WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR THE DEADLIEST TERRORIST GROUP IN THE WORLD

Female members of Boko Haram are almost as likely as men to be deployed as fighters in North-east Nigeria, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The claims by the respected news agency challenge the widespread perception that these women are mainly used as cooks, sex slaves and suicide bombers.

The report explains that the hijab is used to disguise female suicide bombers involved in terror attacks in Nigeria. And the changing Boko Haram tactics have included women fighters wearing the hijab especially in cities to avoid detection. Whether this will become a matter for discussion on the wearing of hijab in public places in northern cities is not clear but highly unlikely. In this report, female members of the Islamic terror organisation are used as “recruiters and intelligence operatives, according to a report based on Six out

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Sahara, a young Female Suicide Bomber arrested in Kano interviews with 119 former Boko Haram members. Four in 10 female respondents said they served as soldiers.

of 10 members of Boko Haram, were recruited by friends and relatives. Only a quarter were recruited or heard it in mosques or Islamic schools. “Mosques and madrasas (Islamic schools) used to be the place to get new recruits … now they are under the spotlight,” said Mahdi Abdile, director of research at Finn Church Aid.