The small boy who appeared in an online jihadist video beheading his teddy bear has been documented in a new set of photos lighting another stuffed bear on fire.
In a series of photos posted online, the preschool-aged boy appears to be shown going about the gruesome task by first extending a torch to an improvised detonating cord, which transports the fire to the white plush toy with red polka-dotted feet.
The teddy bear, positioned in front of a black Islamic State flag, is engulfed in flames, echoing one of the more disgusting Islamic State execution videos that showed Jordanian air force pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive earlier this year.
In one of the photos, where he bends down to extend the torch to the string, the boy is seen smiling ear to ear.
Arabic script at the bottom of one of the photos states that the child is the “son of a mujahedeen" — a fighter or holy warrior, one way Islamic State inductees call themselves.
“The creation of a sociopath,” one person on Twitter reacted to the photos.
In the first video featuring the boy, posted on jihadi forums earlier this month, a man — presumably his father — was heard egging on the child to call out "Allahu akbar" as he used a hunting knife to behead an identical white plush toy.
TheBlaze is unable to authenticate the images or determine where and when they were taken. The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, a research organization, posted the new images on Twitter.
The Islamic State group regularly uses children for propaganda purposes to try to demonstrate how it indoctrinates the young. The recruits seen in training videos and as executioners are called “cubs of the caliphate.”