The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purporting to show a teenage boy executing a man who the group accused of being a spy.
It's the latest example of the jihadist group’s recruitment of children to kill and perpetrate its reign of terror in the parts of Iraq and Syria under its control.
The Israeli news site NRG reported Sunday that the Islamist group accused the man of spying for Iraqi government intelligence.
The boy was first shown loading his weapon with bullets, then kneeling and shooting the captive in the head.
Before shooting the man, the boy addressed Americans, Europeans, Russians and “infidels” to warn that fighter jets and spies won’t help them secure victory over the Islamic State.
The Sunni jihadist group recruited at least 400 Syrian children during the first three months of the year, calling them “Cubs of the Caliphate,” a human rights group reported in March.
The children have undergone military training and religious indoctrination, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
According to the report, all were under the age of 18 and were recruited near schools, mosques and plucked from the audience at public executions.
The Islamic State in March released a video purporting to show a boy shooting to death a man accused of spying for Israel.
"They use children because it is easy to brainwash them. They can build these children into what they want, they stop them from going to school and send them to IS [Islamic State] schools instead," Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based Observatory, told Reuters earlier this year.