Accession Number:

AD1042431

Title:

Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram's Terror

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

National Defense University Fort Lesley J. McNair United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2016-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

In June 2014, a middle-aged woman riding a motorcycle approached the military barracks in the North Eastern Nigerian city of Gombe. While being searched at the military checkpoint, she detonated the explosives strapped to her body, ending her life and killing a soldier in the process. With this act, a new chapter in the destructive history of Boko Haram began the group joined the ranks of terrorist groups around the world that have incorporated women into their organizational profiles. Since the first attack, women and young girls between the ages of 7 and17 have been coerced into targeting civilians at markets, bus depots, and mosques.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE