Iraqi police successfully prevented a child suicide bomber from carrying out an ISIS attack on a mosque in Kirkuk, Iraq. Local authorities apprehended the boy and defused the explosive device only moments before the alleged attack was set to take place. Kurdistan 24, a local broadcast news station from Irbil Iraq, was able to catch the incident on film.
The video shows local police carefully cutting the explosive device away from the child’s body while he is restrained. The boy’s arrest comes just days after two suicide bombers attempted to carry out unsuccessful attacks on the city of Kirkuk. There were no casualties in any of the three attempted attacks on Kirkuk this weekend.
Authorities believe the 12 to 15-year-old suicide bomber was a migrant from ISIS’ most significant stronghold in the country, Mosul, Iraq. The boy represents one of many child soldiers that have been brainwashed and forced to carry out attacks in the name of ISIS and radical Islam. There are believed to be approximately 1,500 child soldiers spread across various terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Some of the children employed as suicide bombers and future Jihadi’s are as young as 8.
Other cities have not been as fortunate as Kirkuk. 51 people were killed in the city of Gaziantep, a Turkish city located near the Syrian border, this past weekend. An additional 94 people were also injured when a child suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the dance floor of a wedding party.
The use of child soldiers by militants groups shows no sign of stopping. Groups like ISIS routinely seize local schools in order to brainwash and radicalize large groups of children. The children are then used for a variety of tasks, ranging from appearing in propaganda videos to carrying out deadly attacks.