ISIS fighters reportedly blew up a 4-year-old boy with explosives in northern Iraq after killing his father.
The militants set off a bomb “that was attached to a 4-year-old child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official in the Iraqi national organization the Popular Mobilization Forces, told Alsumaria News, according to the Mirror.
It is unclear when the boy was killed, but it is believed to have happened a week after his father was killed in Iraq's al-Shirqat district, a region in northern Iraq that has been under ISIS control since 2014.
The boy's father, who was not identified, was reportedly accused of taking part in an attack on ISIS and killing two of the group's fighters.
ISIS released a new propaganda video featuring another young boy, nicknamed "Jihadi Junior," in January, The Washington Post reports. Dressed in military fatigues and wearing a bandana, the boy appears at the end of the video and issues a threat.
“We are going to go kill the [nonbelievers] over there,” the boy reportedly says.
A London man named Sunday Dare told a local TV station that the child in the video is his grandson, who was taken to Syria by his mother, Grace "Khadijah" Dare, in 2012.
“He doesn’t know anything,” Dare said. “He’s a small boy. They are just using him as a shield.”