Monday 23 October 2017

'When I saw the young kids I knew it was wrong' – Isis child suicide bomber shares story of training and arrest

The young teenager was recorded as he was arrested before the planned attack
The young teenager was recorded as he was arrested before the planned attack
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A 15-year-old who was ordered by Isis to bomb a football stadium in Iraq has spoken about how he was indoctrinated in a training camp along with other children.

Mahmoud Ahmed was arrested near a football stadium in Kikuk and awaits trial on terrorism charges. He spoke to Sky News about his experience in the ISIS training camp.

"They taught us how to use a Kalashnikov and a PKC machine gun and then transferred us to Hawija,” Mahmoud told the broadcaster.

"There were four older men who would teach us about heaven and stuff like that. Twenty-four hours a day they'd teach us about this stuff. There were 60 of us born from 2002 onwards.”

"They would scare us and would show videos of beheadings and stuff like that."

When asked if he thought that what he was doing was wrong, Mahmoud said: "When I reached the target I knew it was wrong. When I saw the young kids I knew it was wrong immediately.

"I returned back to him (my handler) but he said go straight back. I told him no and he said this is an order from Abu Islam (an IS commander).

"I returned back around the stadium and they [the security forces] caught me."

Kurdish intelligence forces say that thousands of children have been exploited by ISIS and ordered to carry out attacks on civilian populations.

Lahur Talabani, Director of the Kurdish Zanyari agency, told Sky News: "We knew for the past year-and-a-half they've been looking into children and recruiting children and putting them through these kinds of programmes.”

"They are very vulnerable it is much easier to turn a child into a suicide bomber than a grown up."

The teenager is now facing terrorism charges. 

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