Using children as suicide bombers is not only a practiced by ISIS


The suicide bomber on Kurdish wedding in Turkey killed more than 50 people, belongs to the terrorist organization ISIS and he is at the age of 12 years. The extremist group in other cases children used as lethal weapons, but it is not only their practice.

Islamic State

On March 25, 2016 on the stadium south of Baghdad boy aged 16 years triggered explosives that he was carrying on him during a children’s soccer tournament. 29 people were killed and 60 wounded, mostly children. According to UNICEF data, thousands of children have been abducted so far in Iraq, where girls are sold as sex slaves and the boys are forced to become soldiers or suicide bombers.

Boko Haram

According to UNICEF, one in five suicide attacks on African terror groups in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad has been already a case of a child. By Human Rights Watch claimed that from 2009 until now, Boko Haram conscripted hundreds and possibly thousands of underage and used dozens of mostly girls as suicide bombers.

Al Qaeda

Before being liquidated in 2009, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi used teenagers as suicide bombers in combat with the United States forces in Iraq.

Radical Palestinian groups

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militant groups organize summer camps aimed at children to convey anti-Israel beliefs. They do not send children in suicide missions even before the second Intifada had several suicide attacks carried out by young people around 16 years of age. In recent months Palestinian teenagers carry knife attacks on Israelis. The youngest of them was 11 years old. It is thought that the perpetrators act alone and are not members of organizations.


In Yemen, one of the world’s countries with the best armed civilians, boys from an early age learn how to handle weapons. In the current internal conflict and government forces and rebels have in their ranks underage persons.