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Child bomber in Turkey not the only violent use of children

It was eventually removed from the boy's body and the explosives defused at the scene.

ISIS claimed responsibility for a separate blast Monday at a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, Iraq, but made no mention of the child.

The confronting pictures emerged amid growing fears Islamic State terrorists were increasingly using children to carry out their crimes.

The group's methods echo those of al-Qaida in Iraq, which also used child suicide bombers, whom it called the "Birds of Paradise".

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A 12-year-old Nigerian girl captured with explosives in Cameroon in March told police she had been abducted by Boko Haram after the group overran her village a year earlier. Kurdish media outlets did not provide any details on where the boy planned to stage a potential attack and who was behind the action.

The boy, who was wearing a Barcelona football shirt with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi on the back, reportedly burst into tears as he was detained by Iraqi police in the city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, yesterday.

"If anything, to the Islamic State's propagandists, the youth of the martyr is incidental". Conflicting reports of his age range from 11 to 15 years old.

Turkish officials said at least 22 of the victims in the wedding party attack in the southeastern city of Gaziantep were under the age of 14. "Children are taking a much more active role., receiving training on the use of heavy weapons, manning checkpoints on the front lines, being used as snipers and in extreme cases being used as suicide bombers". The bomb was eventually detonated remotely, making for a chilling visual that recalled the destruction which would have been caused had the suicide bomber reached his intended target. The Palestinian militant group denied the charge. Tragedy was averted this time, but numerous young bombers have carried out attacks in recent months, as the Islamic State militant group has enlisted children in suicide missions. "They are being used for their operational value as well", Charlie Winter, who has researched the use of children by ISIS, tells CNN.

Iraqi police say they apprehended a would-be suicide bomber in the northern city of Kirkuk before he was able to detonate his explosives belt.

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