Alarming Spike in Female Suicide Bombings in Nigeria

The U.N. children's agency said Tuesday that children are now being seen as potential threats after an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women being used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria. The agency added that the number of reported suicide attacks has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 for all of last year. Tuesday's report came as Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno state visited the site of the latest Boko Haram attack and surveyed the damage: 37 people killed Sunday, 400 buildings razed, including mosques, and 22 vehicles and dozens of motorcycles torched. Shettima pleaded, "I appeal to you not to flee from your homes. We assure you that we are going to rebuild the ancient town of Gubio."