Sydney Morning Herald:
A 10-year-old Iraqi boy allegedly recruited by al-Qaeda was about to blow himself in a suicide attack on Wednesday just east of Fallujah when police spotted and arrested him, a senior officer said.
The incident occurred near a police checkpoint in Amariyat Al-Fallujah, a village 15km east of the former Sunni rebel bastion of Fallujah and due west of Baghdad, said Captain Anas al-Issawi.
"The 10-year-old boy had been used by al-Qaeda in the past to place bombs," Issawi said, adding that the child disappeared from his family home in Amariyat Al-Fallujah four days ago.
"Three men aboard a van drove him to the isolated village of Shitsher (75km west of Baghdad) to prepare him for the suicide operation," the officer said, quoting the boy's own testimony.
On Wednesday morning the men helped the boy don an explosives-rigged vest under the traditional dishdasha (long robe) and drove him at dawn to the outskirts of Amariyat Al-Fallujah.
They instructed him to blow himself up as soon as the place began milling with people, the officer said, quoting the boy's testimony.
Why did the brave Mujahadeen of the Islamic State of Iraq pass up their opportunity for glory and instead kidnap and rig a small boy to blow up?
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