The Islamic State assigned 12-year-old boy the job of detonating a nail bomb at the Christmas market in the German town of Ludwigshafen. The detonator fortunately failed, and no explosion occurred.
It seems the alleged perpetrator is too young to be prosecuted. I don’t know what the authorities plan to do with him between now and when he reaches his majority — or after that.
This is breaking news; it just came out in Germany. Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from FOCUS.de so promptly:
Security Authorities announce 12-year-old planned nail bomb attack on Christmas market
Friday, December 16, 2016, 06:01 AM (CET)
A 12-year-old boy may have been sent by the Islamic State when he planned an attack on the Christmas market in Ludwigshafen. The State Attorney and the State Prosecutor have already begun investigations.
A 12-year-old German-Iraqi apparently tried to carry out a nail bomb attack on the Christmas market in Ludwigshafen at the Rhine. Focus reports this in its latest edition, referring to legal and security authorities. According to the investigators, the “highly religiously radicalized” boy might have been “incited or instructed” by an “unknown member” of the terror militia Islamic State (IS). Only because the charger did not ignite was there no detonation.
According to Focus Information, the Federal Attorney in Karlsruhe is investigating on the grounds of a suspicion of a “severe subversive act of violence”. Parallel to that, the State Prosecutor in Frankenthal is leading the investigation of the boy, who was born in 2004 in Ludwigshafen. It is expected that the investigation will soon be closed, because the alleged perpetrator is under the age of criminal responsibility.
Boy wanted to join ISIS in Syria
According to Focus, the boy placed a backpack with a self-made charger in a bush near the town hall. A few days previously, on November 26, he had, according to Focus, attempted to ignite the bomb at the Christmas market. In the backpack was a can with a hole drilled in it, and a wire leading through the hole. It was filled with explosive material. The outside was sealed with tape and packed with nails.
After an alert passer-by informed the police about the backpack, specialists detonated part of the volatile compound. According to Focus Information, back in the summer of 2016 the boy entertained the idea of going to Syria to join ISIS. After his arrest in Ludwigshafen, the 12-year-old was placed in a juvenile shelter.