When government forces in Nigeria arrested two suspected Boko Haram militants, they were reportedly travelling with a 10-year-girl with a bomb attached to her.
The pair were caught driving in a Honda SUV in northern Nigeria, government spokesman Mike Omeri told Reuters. He said the two suspects tried to escape, but were stopped by “concerned Nigerians” nearby and arrested.
The girl was wearing an “explosive belt,” Mr. Omeri said.
The arrests come after bombing at two mosques in northern Nigeria killed 13 and injured 35 Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Abdul Maidala said that the first bomb went off by a mosque near the palace of a local emir at about 7:30 p.m. and the second exploded a few minutes later in Yobe State, one of three northeastern Nigerian states that have been under emergency rule for more than a year.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but Boko Haram militants are widely blamed, having killed thousands of people this year alone.
Boko Haram wants to impose its extreme version of Islamic Shariah law and it frequently targets moderate Muslim clerics, civilians, mosques and children.