It has been revealed through a military source that some of the explosives used recently by the Boko Haram female suicide bombers have been traced to a Chinese factory which was seized some weeks ago by the sect, the Nation had reported.
Other findings have equally showed that some of the teenage bombers were not told they were on a suicide mission.
The military source who spoke on trust revealed that the military and other security agencies have started probing the sudden rise in suicide bombings across major parts of the north by Boko Haram, disclosing that most of the Improvised Explosive Devices were mainly remote controlled.
The source claimed that the military in its investigation has traced the explosives to a Chinese plant which was attacked by Boko Haram in May.
Boko Haram had launched an attack on a quarry plant of a Chinese road construction firm in Northern Cameroon near Waza town, a few kilometres from the Sambisa Forest.
The military source said: “”The military and security agencies have started probing how the insurgents came about the massive IEDs being deployed to attack various institutions and locations.
“We have done analysis of some samples of the fragments of the IEDs used to attack some of these places.
“The second leg of the ongoing probe borders on the need to find out whether some of the IEDs also came from some of the allies of the sect in other countries like the Taliban, Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and others.
“But certainly investigation is in progress in order to nip the spate of suicide bombings in the bud.”
Revealing further, he said: “Findings also confirmed that some of the female suicide bombers were innocently conscripted to run errands they were not aware of.
“Once the girls were sent on errands, the sect members used to stay somewhere to use remote control to detonate the IEDs.
“This development does not rule out the possibility of the training of some of the female bombers for the missions. “We are studying all bends to the new tricks of bombing before it assumes a large scale dimension. [eap_ad_1] On the December deadline given by the National Council of State to end the insurgency in the North, the source added: “We are working to address the security challenges before the timeline.
“The deadline presupposes that we will wage a full-scale battle against the insurgents without minding the collateral damage.
“Once the presidency gives the directive, the military will have no option than to launch an outright war against the insurgents in Sambisa Forest or wherever is their base.
“I think we have reached a stage to either address the insurgency or allow the situation to degenerate’’