Frightening footage has emerged purporting to show Kurdish security forces removing an explosive belt from an alleged Islamic State teenage suicide bomber moments before it was about to be detonated in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday.
Breitbart The chilling scene, caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube by Kurdish channel Kurdistan24, shows the boy’s hands being held by two law enforcement officers as another member of the security establishment attempts to disarm the device.
Wearing a Barcelona football shirt before it was cut off, the boy, believed to be 12 or 13 years old, according to Kurdish media network Rudaw, reportedly then burst into tears as he was led away by police.
The arrest is believed to have taken place in Kirkuk’s Huzairan neighbourhood, Rudaw reports, but precise details on where the boy intended to stage his potential attack are unconfirmed — it has been claimed that the boy was planning to blow himself up outside a Shia mosque, however. The device was later safely destroyed away from the public.
The incident came less than 24 hours after a child as young as 12 killed at least 51 people and injured 69 — 17 of them seriously, according to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan — in a suicide bombing at a packed wedding ceremony in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.