Report: Iraq Kurds capture child suicide bomber en route to attack

Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have captured a young boy wearing a suicide explosive vest who was sent to blow up a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, in the north of the country, broadcaster Rudaw reported Monday, releasing a video of the incident.

Two police officers are seen in the 30-minute video holding the arms of the boy, aged around 14, who is wearing a suicide vest taped to his body, covered by a Lionel Messi Barcelona football jersey.

The bomb was eventually defused by specialists who arrived at the scene. The incident took place after dark on Sunday.

Rudaw reported a second child suicide bomber had exploded just hours earlier in Kirkuk. The boy who was captured said the one who exploded himself was his brother, and they had both been prepared for the attacks by their father.

The use of the children came just a day after a boy, assumed to be 12 or 14 years old, blew himself in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, killing 54 people at a Kurdish wedding. Turkey has blamed Islamic State.

An Iraqi security official confirmed to dpa that a suicide bombing had been prevented in Kirkuk on Sunday and that an attack on Shiites in the area had injured three people.

Last update: Mon, 22/08/2016 - 15:21

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