Adult fighters tell boys they will ‘have fun’ raping hostages, child soldier reveals
One teenage girl says she was attacked by a boy as young as 13 carrying a gun
Boko Haram is boosting its ranks with boys because of heavy losses in Nigeria
Comes as jihadists were accused of using hostages as human shields during air strikes Boko Haram militants are teaching children as young as 13 how to rape their hostages, it has been claimed.
Adult fighters tell their young recruits they will ‘have fun’ sexually assaulting their captives, according to a boy soldier who fled from the Nigerian jihadists.
The extremists, who have pledged allegiance to ISIS, are reportedly increasingly turning to children to boost their ranks having sustained bad losses in the last year in battles against the Nigerian military.
One boy, abducted by Boko Haram in Baga, Nigeria has described how senior fighters spent two days instructing youngsters how to carry out rapes – repeatedly attacking women and young girls they were holding captive. A girl who escaped Boko Haram also told the Daily Beast how she had been raped by ‘little boys’ who were so little she could normally fend them off ‘very easily’.
One ‘looked like a 13-year-old having sex for the first time’ – but succeeded because he had a gun.
The shocking details emerged as it was claimed Boko Haram fighters fleeing an attack on their base last week may have used some of the girls kidnapped in 2014 from northeast Nigeria’s Chibok as human shields to prevent being fired upon by fighter jets.
Major General Lucky Irabor, theatre commander of Nigeria’s military campaign against the group, showed a news conference aerial footage he said was filmed during the operation in the Sambisa forest that showed Boko Haram fighters moving with women and children.