Islamic State has released a recent propaganda video showing a boy probably 4 years of age, wearing an ISIS head band pressing the remote control button to blowing up 3 men accused of spying on IS.
In the video, believed to have been shot by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in their de facto capital of Raqqa, “Jihadi Junior,” dressed in camouflage clothing, is seen pointing to the “non-believers.” The men inside the car, wearing handcuffs and orange jumpsuits, obediently confess their “crimes” to the camera shortly before their vehicle explodes.
The boy is accompanied by a young masked man, who makes a threat to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Speaking in an English accent, the man, whose face is covered, vows that his fighters will not be defeated. He accuses the
Conservative Party leader of sending armed groups in Syria to fight the jihadists, adding that the killing of three “spies” will be revenge.
‘You will never fight us except behind fortified fortresses or behind walls,’ he says.
‘Firstly, when you sent your spies to Syria and when you authorised for your men, thousands of miles away, to push a button to kill our brothers who lived in the West.
‘So today, we’re going to kill your spies the same way they helped you kill our brothers.
‘So prepare your army and gather your nations for we too are preparing our army.’
The kid is identified as Isa Dare, son of Khadija Dare, former Grace Dare. Grace Dare was brought up as a Christian but converted to Islam and started using the first name Khadijah, her family said. She travelled to Syria in 2012 and married Swedish Islamic fighter Abu Bakr, who is believed to have been killed since.
His grandfather, Henry Dare, 59, said Isa made a desperate plea for help during a heartbreaking phone call just days before he featured in the barbaric stunt, saying: ‘Please save me.’
It later emerged that Isa’s father had made a desperate attempt to rescue his son after his estranged wife fled to Syria and married an ISIS militant.
Asked if he thought his grandson had any idea what he was saying in the video, Mr Dare – of Deptford, south east London – said: ‘No – he’s a kid.
‘He’s a minor, he’s under five. He’s acting under the influence of ISIS guerrillas. He’s too young. He’s propaganda. They are just using a small boy. They are using him as a shield.’
Mr Dare said he had reported Grace to the police on three occasions before she left for Syria and told them ‘she’s behaving in a very funny way’.
Grace Dare is believed to have been radicalised online, then began attending the Lewisham Islamic Centre, where Fusilier Rigby’s murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are reported to have worshipped.
The mosque has denied they were part of the congregation. Her mother Victoria said she changed her first name to Khadija after she began attending the mosque.
‘I still call her our Grace,’ said the mother. ‘I want her back in my life. She is the only child that I have and the devil took her away.’
The video ends with Dare chanting “Allahu Akbar” standing beside the wreckage of the car.