A 12 year old German-Iraqi child with suspected links to Islamic State had attempted to plant an explosive device in Ludwigshafen market square on the 26th November 2016 German prosecutors allege.
On Nov. 26, the boy reportedly set down a backpack containing a bomb he made using fireworks and sparklers in the city’s Christmas market.
After the bomb failed to ignite, a passer-by on Dec. 5 noticed the boy hiding a second explosive devise near to the City Hall and informed police.
A bomb-disposal team disposed of the bomb. Police reports describing the incident say the boy’s intended bomb was flammable but not explosive. The bag in which it was found was also filled with nails.
According to German publication ‘Focus’ who earlier published a report on the attempted act of terrorism the child has planned to leave for Syria in the summer of 2016 and is believed by investigators to have been strongly religiously radicalized by as as of yet unknown member of Islamic state
The boy, born in 2004 in Ludwigshafen, is currently being held in a “local youth welfare centre”.
Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe says it is investigating the case as “a serious act of violent subversion” against the state.
The investigation continues to ascertain whether there are any suspects linked to the boy. But because he is under the age of criminal responsibility, no formal charges or proceedings can be launched against him.