Raqqa: A chilling new video released by the Islamic State shows a boy – believed to be British – and four other children executing prisoners in Syria. The sickening clip shows five boys stood in front of five men in orange jumpsuits wielding handguns and wearing desert camouflage.
One of the youths cries out a statement in Arabic before they raise their handguns and kill the prisoners – thought to be Kurdish fighters – in front of them.
The propaganda clip of the boys – who are said to be from Britain, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Uzbekistan, is believed to have been recorded in Raqqa.
The Sun reported that the British boy was identified only as Abu Abdullah al-Britani. He is white, blue-eyed and thought to be aged around 12 years old.
Abu means ‘Son of’ in Arabic, which suggests the boy may be the son of Abdullah al-Britani, a young British jihadist who married in Syria and was killed in a drone strike.
Abu Abdullah Al-Britani was the Islamic name for Assad Uzzaman, originally from Portsmouth, who was 25 when he was killed last year.
The boy’s identity has not been verified. Children have featured prominently in IS propaganda.
In February, IS released a video purportedly showing a young British boy – thought to be four-year-old Isa Dare – blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.
He is the the son of Muslim extremist Grace “Khadija” Dare from Lewisham, south-east London, who travelled to Syria in 2012.