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Dramatic video shows Iraqi police stopping would-be child bomber

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A dramatic video shows Iraqi police ripping an explosive belt off of a child suspected of an attempted suicide bombing for ISIS.

The footage shows security forces restraining the boy as they cut the belt from his torso in Kirkuk, according to CNN. 

A news station based out of Irbil, Iraq, aired Sunday's capture. 

Authorities told Kurdistan 24 that they believe the 15-year-old came to Kirkuk from Mosul, an ISIS stronghold. 

"He was captured before he reached his destination, which was a Shia mosque," Najmaldin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk Governorate, told CNN. "The security guards noticed there was something wrong, especially that there was another suicide attack a bit earlier, and they captured him."

Karim said ISIS brainwashed the boy into believing that he would go to heaven if he did this. 

The boy's arrest comes just a day after another child bomber targeted a Kurdish wedding in Turkey, killing 54. 

ISIS has a history of recruiting children, but more recently the terrorist group has been using children on the front lines. 

ISIS uses threats, intimidation, and endurance training to break down its so-called "cubs of the caliphate." 

Human Rights Watch said ISIS and other groups "have specifically recruited children through free schooling campaigns." 

According to CNN, researchers estimate around 1,500 child soldiers are training and fighting for the terror group. 

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