ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The five Kurdish captives executed by Islamic State child soldiers were from Rojava, northern Syria, an official has confirmed.
ISIS released a video on Friday showing the execution by gunshot of five Kurds by five children soldiers dressed in military fatigues in Raqqa.
Saeed Mamuzini, media officer for the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul province, told Rudaw that the five Kurdish captives were from Rojava.
In the video, a total of 15 captives were executed in three separate scenes. Five were shot by the child soldiers, another five were shot by adult militants, and the final five were beheaded by adult militants. The identities of the other ten executed are not known.
The children appear to be of five different nationalities: British, Kurdish, Tunisian, Egyptian, and Uzbekistani.
The Kurdish captives were reportedly killed in retaliation for recent Kurdish advances in Syria.
This is not the first time ISIS released such videos of the killing of captives. They routinely release videos of executions for propaganda purposes.
ISIS is training child soldiers in their special military camps for children.