Nigerian authorities have arrested two suspected Boko Haram members who were found travelling with a young girl with explosives attached to her, the Nigerian government has announced.
According to government spokesman Mike Omeri, the two suspects had been travelling with the girl in a Honda CRV car heading towards Katsina state in the north of the country.
He said that after being stopped, the young girl had a high level of explosives strapped to her waist. Following the discovery, both men tried to escape but were quickly caught and arrested.
In a statement Omeri said: "Ten-year old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and, immediately, Iliya and Zainab made attempt to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians and subsequently arrested."
The news of the interception of the girl came on the same day that two students were killed and eight more were injured in a suicide bombing at a university in Kano in the north west of Nigeria.
On Wednesday, Nigerian news website Information Nigeria reported that a female student had blown herself up at Kano’s Northern State Polytechnic.
According to reports, students were checking their National Youth Service Corps results, when the student decided to detonate the explosives, dying instantly and killing two others.
A report in the Los Angeles Times said that this attack was the fourth female suicide bombing in the Kano region in a week, with each one reportedly linked to the terrorist group Boko Haram.
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
A total of 276 girls were abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing
One of the kidnapped girls looks into a camera
One of the missing girls talking to the camera
The missing Nigerian schoolgirls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram alleging they had converted them to Islam
Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading "There is no god, but Allah" and "Mohammed is Allah's prophet"
A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau speaks on the video
Girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying are filmed by an unidentified man (R) in an undisclosed rural location
People carry signs as they attend a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok in Lagos
A protester demonstrates against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Prime Minister David Cameron appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme
People participate in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
Girls holding heart shaped banners in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
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South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march to the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg
Karilyn Coates (10) joins others in a candlelight vigil for the more than 300 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials. Nigeria's president said that Boko Haram's mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages
Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3rd L) Obiageli Ezekwesilieze speaks as she leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja
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On Sunday, a 15-year-old female blew herself up near a temporary university site, resulting in five police officers suffering minor injuries. On Monday another female suicide bomber detonated a bomb that killed at least three others as they queued to buy kerosene.
This was followed a few hours later by a suicide bombing in a shopping mall, involving an 18-year-old woman.
In a statement released on Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that the increasing use of female suicide bombers was “a new low in the inhuman campaign” of Boko Haram, and was “wicked exploitation” of girls.Reuse content