Two teenagers suspected of planning a terrorist attack, led by Rachid Kassim, the jihadist considered the instigator of several attacks in France, have been arrested in Nice. They are 17 and 19, and live in the same area with Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Tunisian who drove a lorry into the crowd on July 14, killing 86 people on the promenade in Nice. “They admitted they were thinking about organizing an attack, then they let it go,” says an investigative source.
Only ten days ago, the police arrested three minors in Paris. One of the teenagers is suspected, along with the other two, of “preparing an attack” and is accused of criminal conspiracy for terrorist purposes.
British police arrested two teenagers aged 14 and 16 suspected of planning attacks too. The two young men had been already stopped long ago in Manchester, in two blitz of the police and were released on bail, waiting to appear before the court. In recent days in Dover, in another police operation, six people were arrested: in this case, those arrested were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks too.
Then, there is the striking case of the massacre of August 22, during a wedding reception in Gaziantep, Turkey, which was carried out by a 12-14 year old. “He blew himself up (…), he was wearing remote control explosives on that light at a distance),” Erdogan said, adding that investigations indicate the Islamic State as responsible for this action. And a few hours later, another boy, about 12 years of age, wearing a Barcelona jersey number 10 Lionel Messi, has been stopped in Kirkuk, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, before he was able to activate the explosives on his chest.
Until July 2015, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights recorded 19 cases of suicide bombings at the hand of minors. Another report, submitted in February 2015 by the UN Committee for Children’s Rights, argues that the Islamic State in Iraq is using children with mental disability as a human shield and suicide bombers.
According to the United Nations, in February 2014, military groups worldwide used about 300 thousand children as soldiers. A phenomenon that concerns Afghanistan, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Philippines, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, and Yemen.
In March 2016, the United Nations and the association created by General Roméo Dallaire presented a study on children in the Islamic State, signed by Quillian Foundation, to the British Parliament. The report contains 254 videos with children enrolled in Isis, who are between 10 and 15 years of age.