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Explosives-strapped girl found during Nigeria arrest

The 10 year-old girl was found after two men were arrested for being suspected Boko Haram members

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Nigerian authorities Thursday arrested two men who were suspected of being members of Boko Haram while travelling with a 10 year-old girl who had explosives strapped to her body, the Independent reported.

The two men were arrested while travelling towards the state of Katsina in Northern Nigeria, said Mike Omeri, a government spokesperson. Upon discovery of the high-level explosives attached to the girl, the two men, identified as Iliya and Zainab, tried to escape but were intercepted by a group of “concerned Nigerians” before being arrested, according to Omeri.

The arrests were made hours after a suicide bomb killed two students and injured eight others in a university in Kano, North West of Nigeria. Kano, Nigeria’s largest city, had witnessed another suicide bomb attack in a different university earlier on Wednesday which killed two students.

Earlier this week, a female student blew herself up Monday at a petrol station killing one other person, a military source was quoted as saying by Reuters.

On Sunday, a bomber hurled explosives at worshippers in a Catholic church, killing five and wounding eight. Also on Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself while trying to target police officers - the attack did not result in any other deaths.

Speaking on Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan branded the increase in female suicide bombers as a “wicked exploitation” of girls.

Boko Haram has not officially claimed responsibility for the attacks.