The military has traced some of the explosives being used by Boko Haram female suicide bombers to a Chinese factory which was seized some weeks ago by the sect.
Also, preliminary findings revealed that some of the teenage bombers were not aware that they were on suicide mission.
It was learnt that most of the girls were lured on errands without knowing the import of their mission.
But there were feelers last night that the Federal Government may direct the military to wage a full-scale battle against the sect in Sambisa Forest before the December deadline given by the National Council of State.
According to a military source, who spoke in confidence, the military and other security agencies have started probing the increase in suicide bombings by Boko Haram and sources of the Improvised Explosive Devices which were mostly remote controlled.
The source claimed that one of the clues stumbled upon by the military traced the explosives to a Chinese plant which was attacked by Boko Haram in May.
The sect had attacked a quarry plant of a Chinese road construction firm in Northern Cameroon near Waza town, which is about 20 kilometres to Sambisa Forest.
Apart from abducting 10 Chinese workers, many blasting materials were carted away by the insurgents.
The military source said: “”The military and security agencies have started probing how the insurgents came about the massive IEDs being deployed to attack various institutions and locations.
“We have done analysis of some samples of the fragments of the IEDs used to attack some of these places.
The initial part of the investigation showed that some of the explosives forcibly evacuated from the Chinese plant in May were being used for the ongoing suicide mission.
“The second leg of the ongoing probe borders on the need to find out whether some of the IEDs also came from some of the allies of the sect in other countries like the Taliban, Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and others.
“But certainly investigation is in progress in order to nip the spate of suicide bombings in the bud.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “Findings also confirmed that some of the female suicide bombers were innocently conscripted to run errands they were not aware of.
“Once the girls were sent on errands, the sect members used to stay somewhere to use remote control to detonate the IEDs.
“This development does not rule out the possibility of the training of some of the female bombers for the missions.
“We are studying all bends to the new tricks of bombing before it assumes a large scale dimension.
On the December deadline given by the National Council of State to end the insurgency in the North, the source added: “We are working to address the security challenges before the timeline.
“The deadline presupposes that we will wage a full-scale battle against the insurgents without minding the collateral damage.
“Once the presidency gives the directive, the military will have no option than to launch an outright war against the insurgents in Sambisa Forest or wherever is their base.
“I think we have reached a stage to either address the insurgency or allow the situation to degenerate.”