Turkish-backed militants have used children suicide bombers in an attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Raqqa countryside, the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) revealed on April 16.
According to the Kurdish-Syrian agency, two children entered the SDF-held town of al-Kaltah on April 14 coming from the Turkish-occupied part of northern Raqqa. Both children were disguised as shepherds. After entering the town, one of the children blew himself up, injuring the other.
“After examining the remains of the child, it was found that he was wearing an explosive belt, which exploded,” the ANHA’s report read.
The child was identified as 15-year old Ali Emo al-Abd, a Homs native who was allegedly recruited by Turkish-backed militants. The militants forced the child to wear the explosive belt and sent him to target an SDF gathering in al-Kaltah. However, the belt prematurely exploded.
Earlier this week, al-Quds al-Arabi revealed that former ISIS commanders met in northern Raqqa to form a new faction. Activists told the London-based newspaper that the terrorists will likely plot attacks against the SDF with support from Turkey.
The attack in al-Kaltah was likely plotted by radical militants within Turkey’s proxies in northeastern Syria. Ankara is doing very little to limit the influence of radicals.