A group of children in Yemen have attempted to burn a 10-year-old boy to death after first locking him in a cage in a shocking imitation of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) murder of a Jordanian pilot.
UK Daily Mail As many as seven boys are believed to have attacked the as-yet unnamed victim in Al Dahthath village in the country’s northern Ibb province.
The defenseless child was then locked in a wooden cage and had petrol poured over his body before being set alight. Thankfully a group of locals spotted the attack and managed to save the boy’s life, although he was still left with horrific burn injuries on his legs.
The boys are understood to have been inspired by murders committed by ISIS after using mobile phone apps such as WhatsApp to share gruesome videos of the terror group’s atrocities, despite living in a remote village where electricity supplies are unreliable.
During the attack, the boys are said to have assumed different terrorist roles, with the ‘leader’ sitting in a chair and giving orders to his friends. After being set alight, the boys cries were overheard by local residents who rushed to save him. ‘The villagers took him to a local hospital where he received treatment for burns to one of his legs,’ Mr Mouzahem was quoted as saying.
Jihadist groups in Syria have staged a similar photo using children in a cage to accuse Bashar Assad of doing the same thing to children there.