The concept of a suicide bomber has been part of human history. In modern history this idea was used by rebels forces in Sri Lanka–the LTTE– and soon became part of that nation’s civil war. Suicide bombers emerged in the Middle East and now scarcely a day goes by without one or another blowing self up. Nigeria has been plagued with a civil war conducted by Boko Haram which kidnaps young boys and girls, keeps them captive and then sends them out to blow themselves up.
Modu Awami was a young girl held captive by Boko Haram. Among with two friends she went to a refugee camp–which contained her own family– with orders to blow selves up. She attempted to persuade her friends to disobey, they refused and killed 58 people. She tore her vest off her body and turned herself in to authorities.
The suicide bomber is motivated by ideology, religious belief, anger toward those in authority, or like Modu, simple fear that disobeying meant death. Modi is in the minority of those who choose life to death.