“A military bomb disposal expert has told the AP that most bombs carried by girls and women have remote detonation devices, meaning the carrier cannot control the explosion.” It is likely that the jihadis used these girls as human bombs.
Why would Boko Haram target a mosque? Most likely because Boko Haram has declared its allegiance to the Islamic State, and the mosque hasn’t. Thus the Boko Haram jihadis consider it to be in rebellion against the caliphate, which they consider to be the sole earthly authority to which Muslims owe allegiance.
“30 killed at crowded mosque by 2 young female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria,” by Haruna Umar, Associated Press, June 22, 2015:
BAUCHI, Nigeria — Two girls blew themselves up on Monday near a crowded mosque in northeast Nigeria’s biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses said.
It is the fourth suicide bombing this month in Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
Fishmonger Idi Idrisa said one teenager exploded as she approached the mosque crowded with people from the nearby Baga Road fish market, performing afternoon prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
The second teen appeared to run away and blew up further away, killing only herself, he said.
Civilian defence fighter, Sama Ila Abu, said he counted at least 30 corpses as he helped to collect the dead.
Both men said there were many injured being sent to the hospitals.
Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of girls and women and the numbers of female suicide bombers has raised fears that it is using the captives in its campaign.
A military bomb disposal expert has told the AP that most bombs carried by girls and women have remote detonation devices, meaning the carrier cannot control the explosion….