The Islamic State released a shocking video clip showcasing how they apparently executed two men who seemingly admit to being Russian spies. The “novelty” in this clip is that the executioner who shoots the bound men is boy who appears to be about ten years old.
Clarion Project cannot verify the authenticity of the executions themselves, but what is clear is that the Islamic State is educating young boys to carry out acts of ruthless violence and it is bragging about it. This video is being shared widely by Islamic State supporters on social media and it bears the logo of Al Hayat, the Islamic State’s media department.
At the beginning of the clip, a Russian-speaking interrogator questions the “spies” separately asking about their personal details, who sent them, how they entered the Islamic State’s territory and what their mission was.
Following the men’s admissions, the clip cuts to a field where the two men are kneeling, their hands tied behind their backs. Behind them stands a jihadi militant and next to him, with a robotic gaze on his face, is a young boy about ten years old holding a handgun at his side.
After the militant recites Quranic verses and pronounces the sentence, he nudges the boy forward. The boy takes a few steps forward, aims the handgun at the head of the first victim and fires. The boy turns and shoots the second man in the head, and then fires several additional rounds into the man’s body to ensure he’s dead.
Below are several still images from the video.
Warning – this video includes disturbing scenes of violence.
Boy stands ready while grown militant reads out the sentence
Boy given nudge, advances closer to victims
Boy aims gun at first victim
After killing each man with a shot to the head, the boy verifies his victims are dead with shots to the body.