US, UK say Boko Haram wants to kidnap foreigners in Nigeria

Nobody has claimed responsibility though the Nigerian military said Boko Haram was responsible for most of the bombings and attacks in the country's northeast, often using female teenagers as suicide bombers.

Despite losses, including manpower and territory, incurred as a result of a US -backed ongoing offensive against Boko Haram that began in 2015, the jihadist group continues to wreak havoc in the Lake Chad region - Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.

Her conclusions document the impact on children of the severe deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country between January 2013 and December 2016.

The report also accused the military authorities of detaining thousands of children they accused of being combatants for Boko Haram, although it admitted that some of those detained were gradually being freed after profiling.

A source with links to the Islamist militants told AFP on Wednesday that Shekau narrowly escaped death when the second missile hit as he was on his way to preach at Friday prayers.

Gamba condemned grave violations against children committed by Boko Haram.

The UN verified the recruitment and use of 1,650 children. Investigators gathered testimony indicating that the group kidnapped numerous children it counts among its ranks but that others join voluntarily for economic gain or over pressure applied on their families by the group. "One security personnel who was injured is being treated", he said.

At least 20,000 people have been killed since 2009.

In the report, the United Nations also expressed concern about the use of children in response to the insurgency. "Your imagination is more incredible than the tale of a hawk that lifts an elephant", he said.

According to it, the Children were used mainly for intelligence-related purposes, in search operations, night patrols, for crowd control and to guard posts.

  • Leroy Wright