A 13-year-old whose name is Zaharau Babangida says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb at a market in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city in the north.
She says she told her captors she did not want to be a suicide bomber but allowed them to strap her into a vest primed with explosives because they threatened to bury her alive.
She says she was taken to Kano’s textile market where two other girls detonated their bombs. Police said four people were killed in the Dec. 10 attack.
Police presented the girl at a news conference Tuesday night.
Nigeria has suffered numerous bombings carried out by girls and young women.