German police arrested a 12-year-old boy on charges of terrorism. He is being accused of attempting 2 bomb attacks, one on the 25th of November and another on the 5th of December. The suspect’s name was not publicized and he was placed in a juvenile facility due to his age. German citizens under 14 are not allowed to stand trial.
The boy accused of these terrorism charges is of Iraqi decent and was possibly radicalized, but whether it was through the Internet or through someone directly is still unknown. The attempted attacks were in the market place of the city of Ludwigshafen in Western Germany, a city with a population of 160,000.
A passerby noticed the bag pack left by the suspect during the second attack and notified the police. The police confirmed that they found the device, which was a nail bomb and detonated it.
Children are usually susceptible to radicalization due to them being vulnerable to seduction by adults, and come initially in the form of normalization of violence. There is a possibility the child was instructed by ISIS to carry out the attempted attack, as they have posted numerous manuals on how to construct bombs and IEDs online.
First of its Kind
However, if it is true, it will be a first for ISIS, as they have never attempted to get a child to carry out attacks in the West before. Although they are being beaten back militarily in Syria and Iraq where they hold the most territory in the world, experts say that security groups from the group should be a source of serious concern for years to ahead.
The ease of Internet access makes it possible for anyone to gain knowledge in bomb making techniques, and be susceptible to radicalization. This makes it more difficult for security services now more than ever to track potential security risks.