Triple Suicide Bombing Kills at least 27

 In Foreign

A triple suicide bombing Saturday at a market on Koulfoua Island at Lake Chad in Africa has claimed at least 27 lives, and injured around 90, though that count has been reported differently by different news media.  Three female suicide bombers are said to be the suspects, and Boko Haram is thought to be the group behind the carnage.

This not the only attack

Chad has been a key player in Nigeria’s war against the jihadist group, which pledged itself to ISIS last year. The islands in Lake Chad are home to thousands of refugees who have fled Boko Haram in Nigeria and other areas.

There are roughly 60,000 refugees living on Koulfoua Island, according to the Daily Mail.  Accessing them has been difficult for aid workers  due to restrictions of the use of motorized canoes, which was put in place to stop the attacks.

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The Daily Mail reported,

Troops from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin had last week launched operations in the Lake Chad region and the Sambisa Forest, arresting 100 militants, killing 100 others and freeing 900 hostages, according to Cameroon’s government.

The bombings in Chad come as Nigeria’s intelligence agency says it has arrested nine alleged Boko Haram extremists plotting attacks on Abuja, the capital, over the festive season.

Saturday’s statement follows a warning Friday from the U.S. Embassy that extremists may be planning attacks on hotels favored by Westerners.

One of the nine men arrested was carrying out surveillance of a ‘high-profile hotel,’ said Nigeria’s Department of State Security. It said all nine were detained in the past month and had infiltrated Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria, from the country’s northeastern area where most extremist attacks occur.

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Aftermath of another triple suicide bombing in Chad back in October- Times of India photo

The female killers – pay attention, America!

USA today reported that “female suicide bombers are not new.”

•  Tashfeen Malik and her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino on Wednesday.

• In a raid after the Paris attacks, a woman detonated explosives as police moved in, killing herself and a police dog named Diesel.

• Less than a month ago, Russia revealed that female suicide bombers had planned to smuggle explosives in hand cream in a Sochi Olympics plot.

• A 14-year-old girl blew herself up at a mosque in Cameroon, Nov. 9, killing four. A second female suicide bomber was stopped.

On November 18, two female suicide bombers, one as young as 11, blew themselves up at a busy market in Kano, Nigeria. Also in November, two female suicide bombers also blew themselves up in  Ngouboua village, killing two.

Terrorism, as we have learned the hard way in the last few days, is NOT limited to males. Increasingly women are participating in the horror.  Is it natural? Probably not, but intense training and indoctrination are turning females into killer soldiers of the caliphate.

 

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