The Defence Headquarters has warned the public to beware as female Boko Haram suicide bombers in the North East are now evading detection from security operatives by carrying babies on their back.
It was gathered that one of such attacks involving babies occurred on January 13 in the town of Madagali in Adamawa State, when two women passed a vigilante checkpoint disguised as mothers, since they were carrying babies.
The female jihadists killed themselves, two babies, and four other people when they successfully carried out the bombing, officials said.
Two other female suicide bombers, who were not carrying children, were stopped at the checkpoint, where they detonated their devices.
A statement issued by the Acting Director Defence information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in Abuja on Friday stated that the attention of the DHQ had been drawn to the new tactic.
The statement read: “The DHQ wishes to seize this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to be patient and cooperate with the military and other security agencies while carrying out thorough security search and checks as the essence is to nip in the bud the murderous intention of the Boko Haram suicide bombers.
“The DHQ wishes to state further that the usual traffic “go-slow” at military and security check points as a result of rigorous security checks are not meant to cause public discomfort or a deliberate action to induce traffic disruptions on our roads, but an effort put in place towards protecting the lives and properties of our innocent citizens.
“Members of the public are, therefore, urged to always volunteer useful information to the military and other security agencies that would assist in exposing Boko Haram and their evil machinations in our society and to make our communities safe and secure for all to live.”