Her accomplice did successfully detonate her vest, but the attempted coordinated attack fell apart with the brutal killing of the second woman.
“The two attacks were meant to be coordinated to maximize casualties in the morning attack,” according to the India Times.
The Sun reported that the attack was suspected to be the work of Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group that operates in the area.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had actually claimed his country’s military had recently eradicated the main Boko Haram base in the Sambisa Forest.
“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide,” he announced, according to The Sun. “I urge you to maintain the tempo by pursuing them and bringing them to justice.”
He reportedly claimed that the victory was “the final crushing of Boko Haram.”
Some suspect that the woman was actually a not bomber, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, News.com.au reported.
“It seems doubtful the girl was actually a bomber as she did not detonate any explosives when she was attacked,” Police Deputy Superintendent Mohammad Haruna told the website. He claimed instead that she was a victim of “mob action carried out by an irate crowd.”
It is highly unlikely that this woman was anything other than an attacker stopped cold in her tracks, first by faulty equipment and then by a crowd of her intended victims.
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