A United Nations watchdog says ISIL militants have been killing Iraqi children belonging to different minorities in the country by crucifixion or burying them alive.
According to the report released on Wednesday by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “several cases of mass executions as well as reports of be-headings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive” by ISIL have been recorded.
Committee expert Renate Winter said that Iraqi boys under the age of 18 from the Izadi sect, and the faiths of Christianity, and Sunni and Shia Islam were also being used by the ISIL as bombers, bomb makers, or human shields.
“We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” Winter said. “There was a video placed (online) that showed children at a very young age, approximately eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers.”
The UN body added that many the children had also been captured and sold as slaves in markets.
“Children of minorities have been captured in many places… sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves,” Winter said.
Earlier this week, Kurdish fighters in Iraq found a mass grave containing the remains of 25 members of the Izadi community killed by ISIL terrorists.
The ISIL terror group started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.