An ISIS child suicide bomber, who was caught by Kirkuk police on Sunday night, wore a suicide vest inside a Shiite Husseiniya mosque.
A video shows two police officers holding the boy’s arms, waiting for more than 20 minutes until bomb disposal engineers arrive to dismantle the vest. According to Rudaw, the ISIS child suicide bomber later admitted that he had received training from his father and was operating under his orders.
Before the 12-year-old boy was caught, another incident of suicide bombing took place. Another young boy blew himself up at Kirkuk’s Wasit neighborhood. The second young bomber stated that it was his brother, and that it was their father who prepped them for the attack.
However, the young boy made conflicting statements. The Daily Mail reports that the 12-year-old stated he was abducted by armed ISIS terrorists, who made him wear a suicide vest and ordered him to attack.
“[The boy] claimed during interrogation that he had been kidnapped by masked men who put the explosives on him and sent him to the area,” Kirkuk intelligence official Chato Fadhil Humadi said.
The boy claimed that he was refuge from Mosul. It is known that Mosul is controlled by ISIS. However, government forces are trying to push them out. The boy was wearing a Barcelona football shirt with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi’s name on the back. Reportedly, the ISIS child suicide bomber broke down in tears when he was caught by Kirkuk police.
Law enforcement officials said that an intense and dangerous campaign was occurring that night against Kirkuk. At the beginning of this year, it was reported that ISIS launched an app for “cubs of the caliphate” to teach them Arabic with the use of cartoon images of weaponry.
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