ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A boy suicide bomber in his early teens was arrested by Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk on Sunday night before detonating his explosives belt, after two other suicide attacks on the same day in the Kurdish city.
The young bomber, aged between 12 and 13, was captured by security forces in Kirkuk’s Huzairan neighborhood, according to a Rudaw reporter on the scene.
“Security forces are now defusing the explosives belt,” the reporter said.
A few hours earlier, a suicide bomber detonated his payload at the Wasit neighborhood in front of a Shiite shrine, wounding three people.
That followed another suicide bomb attack in the same neighborhood that caused no casualties.
“There is a dangerous campaign tonight against Kirkuk,” a security official, told Rudaw.
The attacks follow recent successful military offensives by Peshmerga forces against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, which has been on retreat after losing large swathes of territory to the Kurdish forces.