Boko Haram, the Nigerian-based insurgent group is notorious for sending young girls, some of them 10 year-old on suicide bombing missions.
Now, the terror group is training young boys as part of its army, according to some photographs now in circulation. This surely is some nightmare for Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to worry about.
Al Urwa al Wuthaqa, a media group in close collaboration with Boko Haram released several images purporting to show children training somewhere in northeastern Nigeria, according to a report by Threat Matrix, a Blog of the Long War Journal.
The two photos show at least a dozen children in what appears to be a weapons training program. Several are seen holding AK-47 assault rifles, while others are seen holding cutouts of weapons. Some children appear to be girls, while the majority pictured are young boys.
In 2013, the Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda affiliated group that operates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and Syria, released a video showing kids training in Pakistan. The Taliban are also known to operate training camps, including those for suicide bombings, for youth in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Boko Haram is an al Qaeda-linked group operating in Nigeria. The group controls vast amounts of territory in the northeastern part of the country.
In addition to killing countless Nigerians, the group also poses a threat to neighboring countries.