MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Beyond Chibok report, four children were used as suicide bombers in the region in 2014. In 2015, the number soared to 44, over 75 percent of them girls.
"Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators. Deceiving children and forcing them to carry out deadly acts has been one of the most horrific aspects of the violence in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries," Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, was quoted as saying in the report.
The overall number of attacks in the region surged from 32 in 2014 to 151 in 2015, including 89 in Nigeria, 39 in Cameroon, 16 in Chad and seven in Niger.
Most of the suicide attacks are linked to the Boko Haram extremist group, which began large-scale attacks in northeast Nigeria in 2009. In early 2015, the group expanded attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.