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Teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber beaten to death and her body set ablaze

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
A spate of suicide bombings has been blamed on Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremist group
A spate of suicide bombings has been blamed on Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremist group

A teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber was beaten to death and her body set ablaze at a north-eastern Nigerian market.

A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at Muda Lawal, the biggest market in Bauchi city.

A spate of suicide bombings has been blamed on Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, which wants to enforce strict Islamic law across Nigeria. The group has threatened to disrupt Nigeria's March 28 presidential and legislative elections, saying democracy is a corrupt Western concept.

In Bauchi, the two girls aroused suspicion by refusing to be searched when they arrived at the gate to the vegetable market, said yam vendor Mohd Adamu.
People overpowered one girl and discovered she had two bottles strapped to her body, he said. They clubbed her to death, put a tyre doused in fuel over her head and set it on fire, he said.

However, police deputy superintendent Mohammad Haruna described her as the victim of "mob action carried out by an irate crowd".

Recently some girls as young as 10 have been used to carry explosives that detonated in busy markets and bus stations, raising fears that Boko Haram may be using some of its hundreds of kidnap victims in bomb attacks.

It is unclear whether such girls detonate explosives themselves or whether the bombs are controlled remotely.