U.N. Says Boko Haram Uses Children as Human Bombs, Commits 'Heinous' Crimes

The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria are using children as human bombs and targeting women and girls for particularly horrific abuse, including sexual slavery. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that his office had received reports of Boko Haram using children as its first line of attack, as "expendable cannon fodder". Zeid said, "Bodies of children around 12 years old have been found strewn across such battlefields."