12-year-old boy tried to det­o­nate bomb at Ger­man Xmas mar­ket

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


A 12-year old Ger­man-Iraqi boy tried to det­o­nate a bomb at a Christ­mas mar­ket in the west­ern town of Lud­wigshafen last month and planted an­other ex­plo­sive de­vice near the town hall a cou­ple of days later, Ger­man pros­e­cu­tors said yesterday. Fo­cus mag­a­zine cited se­cu­rity and ju­di­cial sources as say­ing the boy was “strongly rad­i­cal­ized” and ap­par­ently in­structed by an un­known mem­ber of the mil­i­tant group Is­lamic State.

A spokesman at the Fed­eral Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Of­fice in Karl­sruhe con­firmed that of­fi­cials were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case but de­clined to com­ment on any pos­si­ble Is­lamic State link. No­body was hurt in ei­ther of the in­ci­dents. The boy, born in Lud­wigshafen in 2004, is below the age of crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity, mean­ing no for­mal pro­ceed­ings were launched against him, Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Hu­bert Stroe­ber said. The youth wel­fare of­fice is tak­ing care of the boy and the Fed­eral Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Of­fice is in charge of in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether there are any sus­pects linked to him, Stroe­ber added.

He said the boy left a back­pack con­tain­ing a self-made nail bomb at the Christ­mas mar­ket on Nov 26, but the de­vice did not go off be­cause the det­o­na­tor ap­par­ently failed. He then planted an­other ex­plo­sive de­vice near the town hall of Lud­wigshafen on Dec. 5 but an “in­for­mant” called the po­lice and spe­cial­ists de­fused it, he said. The Fo­cus mag­a­zine re­port said ev­i­dence pointed to the child hav­ing thought about trav­el­ling to Syria last sum­mer to join mil­i­tants. — Reuters

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