Iraq officials foiled two child suicide attacks by ISIS Sunday, targeting two Shitite mosques in Kirkuk.
In the first attack, a young boy tried to go inside a crowded mosque in western Kirkuk, but when guards stopped him, he blew himself up, wounding the two guards and two other people.
Less than an hour later, another young boy wearing an explosive belt around his waist tried to enter another Shitite mosque in central Kirkuk, but he was caught and police defused and removed his vest.
Iraq officials said the boy claimed that he had been “kidnapped by masked men who put the explosives on him and sent him to the area.” Kurdistan 24 TV showed dramatic footage of police officers in Kirkuk holding the boy while two men cut off the explosive belt, then whisked the boy away in a police truck.
On Saturday night, a suicide bomber, possibly a young boy about 12-14 years old, blew himself up at a wedding party in Turkey, killing 54 and injuring almost 70.
Fox News reports that ISIS controls an army of child soldiers, which it calls “cubs of the caliphate,” and seeks to re-educate children at ISIS-run schools, drugging some of them and indoctrinating them with the group’s own radical version of Islam, according to analysts.
ISIS previously has drugged its fighters to give them jolts of energy and eliminate any feelings of pain, a Peshmerga official told Fox News earlier this year. “The fighters take the drug and they don’t know where they are or what they are doing. They are just shooting and fighting,” the official near the Mosul Dam said. “They lose their minds. Some can be shot 20 times before they go down.”
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