Iraqi police removed a belt with explosives from a child, moments before it was blown up. The moment was captured on video. The sent by the Islamic State boy aged 12-13 years, reported news agencies.
The child who had to become a suicide bomber was wearing a T-shirt of the Spanish football team Barcelona with the name of Lionel Messi on the back. The boy broke into tears when yesterday he was detained by Iraqi police in the city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad.
The youth was arrested less than 24 hours after another child – a suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and wounded 100 others at a wedding party in Turkey.
This raises fears that more children are used by Islamic State to carry out deadly attacks. Two other suicide bombers exploded in Kirkuk on Sunday.
It is alleged that the boy planned to blow himself up outside a Shiite mosque. The belt was later detonated in a safe place away from the public.
The attacks follow the recent successful military offensives by the forces of Peshmerga against the Islamic State.