By NewsGram Staff Writer
Mosul: The Islamic State (IS) militants have kidnapped 127 children in IS-held Iraqi city of Mosul recently to train them in the ranks of the terror group, media reported on Tuesday.
They have “kidnapped, during the past few days, 127 children aged between 11 to 15 years,” Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini was quoted as saying by an Iraqi News online newspaper on Monday.
Mamouzini further said that the captivated children are transferred to special camps where they are “trained on the use of weapons and implementation of terrorist operations.” He went on to say that Daesh has “kidnapped hundreds of children” since it began its deadly campaign in Iraq and have trained them to carry out bomb attacks.
The Takfiri group, as confirmed by international rights groups, has been recruiting children and exposing them to ultra-extremist Wahhabi ideology and military training in the areas under its control.
Fahmi, an Iraqi boy, who escaped from the clutches of terrorist group, told a UK’s Shia Islamic TV channel earlier this month how he was forced by the terrorist group to carry out terrorist attacks. Shaking with fear, the boy said, “They forced me to do an attack with a truck” on a target. The boy quoted Daesh militants as saying, “Go, die, heaven is waiting for you.”
“I wanted to ask them if the heaven was right there, why don’t they go after it, why us,” he added.
Sheikh Khalid Awad al-Shabani, a tribal leader in the Iraqi province of Anbar, said that the Takfiri group is actively trying to lure local children into its ranks as would-be bombers. He added that the terrorist group has set up training camps for children in the Syrian province of Raqqah and the district of Heet in Iraq’s Anbar.
The tribal leader also said that the terrorist group brainwashes children in the camps and trains them how to conduct bomb attacks against military checkpoints and civilians.
In response to this serious and unending issue, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has earlier said that the Takfiri group “conducts organized recruitment for children in 100 countries,” adding that the “exploitation of children for murder is a heinous crime.”