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Shortage of Foreignors Pushes ISIS to Use Child Suicide-Bombers | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Kirkuk- ISIS has started to push children to the suicide operation scene after losing their foreign fighters, revels two suicide-bombings, the first in Gaziantep south Turkey last Saturday and the second in north Kirkuk in Iraq on Sunday, in addition to a third suicide attempt in the same Iraqi city.

Kurdish security sources said that the Asayesh Kurdish security forces had arrested a 14-year-old suicidal boy before he detonated himself in a Shi’ite Shrine in Kirkuk on Sunday. The sources said the boy and his brother were trained in the Mosul city. His brother had already detonated himself at a mosque in the same city and the same night.

Brigadier General Sarhad Qadir, the chief of Kirkuk suburban police told Asharq Al-Awsat that the city of Kirkuk had witnessed on Sunday evening three incidents: The first was a suicide-bombing near the Jaafar al-Sadek Shrine in Al-Wasati neighborhood injuring 6 people including 2 security members; the second was when the police arrested a boy wearing a suicide belt and ready to detonate himself, and the third incident was a suicide explosion in the province.

Qadir said the teenage bomber was under the effect of drugs when he tried to conduct the terrorist operation.

“The boy has made some confessions, however, we are not 100 percent sure the information he gave were accurate. Investigations were ongoing,” the general said.

Vice President of the Kirkuk Centre of Democratic Organizations of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Asi Ali said the two boys had entered Daqouk, which is part of the Kirkuk province, two weeks ago coming from the city of Mosul where they have been trained by ISIS fighters to conduct suicidal attacks in Kirkuk.

According to informed security forces, ISIS has been lately pushed to use children after losing its armed foreign fighters during battles with Peshmerga, the air raids conducted by the international alliance and during the continuous escape of fighters from its ranks.

The sources revealed that around 1,650 teenagers, their ages ranging between 6 and 17, were currently trained in ISIS military camps.