Soon coming to Europe.
He was trying to play the victim once he was arrested. But he took the opportunity to immediately try and recruit other children he got in contact with. He may be a teen but he really needs to be shot. It’s too dangerous to play games and try to “reform” someone like him. He can encourage thousands of people to commit jihad during his lifetime if he is not finished off now.
‘They told me to blow myself up but I couldn’t do it’: Police say Iraqi boy, 15, caught wearing a suicide vest at football stadium was brainwashed and is still ‘dangerous’
- Mohammed Ahmed Ismail, 15, was detained in Kirkuk, Iraq, in August
- He was spotted acting suspiciously outside a packed football stadium
- His arrest came less than 24 hours after child suicide bombing in Turkey
- A boy aged about 13 killed at least 51 at Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep
- Both were Cubs of the Caliphate, children brainwashed by ISIS handlers
- Colonel Azer Mohammed Juamar said Mohammed was ‘unrepentant’
A 15-year-old boy who was stopped as he tried to enter a football stadium wearing a suicide belt has been talking for the first time about the training he was given by ISIS and his disappointment of failing to carry out his deadly mission.
TV footage of the dramatic incident in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, emerged in August when he was detained by security forces.
But today the boy was identified for the first time as Mohammed Ahmed Ismail and details emerged about the brainwashing he has undergone.
Mohammed was part of the Cubs of the Caliphate, a group of teenagers and even young children who underwent intensive training for suicide bombing and other violent missions serving ISIS, who are referred to by the Iraqi authorities as Daesh.
Mohammed said he was ordered to carry out the stadium attack by an older teenager, called Dureed.
He told The Times: ‘I was hesitating. Dureed kept urging “just walk into the middle of them and blow yourself up”, but there was something inside me that was resisting. I couldn’t do it.’
Two other suicide bombers – one of them, his cousin Ala – set off their devices in Kirkuk that same day but an intelligence officer became suspicious of Mohammed and confronted him, grabbing his arms. His explosives belt was torn off him.
Mohammed, who initially claimed to have been kidnapped, was detained and taken away after being caught outside the stadium.
Mohammed told The Times: ‘I felt a bit relieved, but also confused. I didn’t know what to do any more.’
TV footage of the dramatic incident showed the security forces disarming him and bundling him into a lorry.
The incident happened an hour after another suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in the city, and 24 hours earlier another teenage bomber had killed 51 guests at a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
At the time Mohammed – who had been wearing a Barcelona football shirt with Lionel Messi’s name on the back – was detained it was reported he had told the authorities he ‘had been kidnapped by masked men who put the explosives on him and sent him to the area’.[*clearly this is a lie since he continued to try and educate other children about jihad. He was fully aware what he was doing.]
Mohammed, who was wearing a Barcelona football shirt with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi on the back over the top of the suicide vest, is expected to spend months or possibly years in custody
Iraqi security forces detained the boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk in Iraq.
But a clearer picture has since emerged.
It turns out that Mohammed’s father, a lorry driver, joined ISIS earlier this year and sent his son away to an ISIS training camp near Mosul.
The boy was given a new identity – Abu Musab – and subjected to months of rigorous brainwashing about the jihadist cause.
He did not volunteer for ‘martyrdom’ but said he accepted it and the night before his arrest he was smuggled into Kirkuk hidden in a lorry loaded with sand.
Controlled explosion: The belt was later detonated safely after Mohammed was led away.
Mohammed is now in custody along with 53 other youngsters, many of whom have been charged with terrorist offences.
Colonel Azer Mohammed Juamar, who is in charge of the custody centre, said Mohammed remained ‘unrepentant and dangerous’.
He told The Times: ‘I am absolutely sure he would go back to Daesh the moment he was released. As soon as he got here, he started to gather all of the other children together to give them lectures on Islam and lead them in prayer, just as he had learnt in Daesh.’
Colonel Juamar said: ‘You put something as a cute as Daesh indoctrination in a child’s mind and it does not come out very easily.’
ISIS increased the number of suicide attacks by the Cubs of the Caliphate in response to military setbacks in Iraq and Syria.
Earlier this year it was revealed that ISIS had released an app teaching the Arabic alphabet to its ‘cubs of the caliphate’ – using cartoon images of weaponry.
The terror group uses pictures of tanks, ammunition and swords to help children remember certain letters in its bizarre learning aid.
The security forces quickly removed the explosive device after spotting the youngster
The boy told police he had been abducted by masked men who strapped a vest to him but this has turned out to be a lie
Apprehended: His arrest followed two other suicide bomb attacks in Kirkuk hours earlier
Dramatic: The boy apprehended suspect was stripped of his explosives belt by security forces before being led away
Mohammed said of the attack: ‘I was hesitating…I couldn’t do it’
The boy was detained in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, less than 24 hours after a child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and injured 100 at a wedding party in Turkey (pictured)