A 10-year-old cattle herder has been killed in north-eastern Nigeria while trying to remove explosives that militant Islamists forcibly strapped around his body, police have said.
The boy’s younger brother was injured in the incident, which happened on Saturday on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the main city in north-eastern Nigeria, police added.
The two children came in contact with the Boko Haram militants while grazing their animals, police said.
The militants forced the elder boy to wear a suicide vest, and warned him not to tell anyone about it and not remove it until he got home, police added.
They returned home and the death and injuries were caused while unstrapping the vest, police said.
There have been persistent reports of Boko Haram conscripting children to carry out attacks around Maiduguri in the past few months.
So far, police say that 76 suicide attacks were carried out between March and July this year.
This morning, a female suicide bomber struck at a mosque in Maiduguri, killing eight people and injuring 15 others.