Al Qaeda's brutal new weapons: Children kidnapped and kept in chains to be taught how to become suicide bombers
Al Qaeda is kidnapping young children in troubled Somalia and brainwashing them to launch future attacks on the West, it has been claimed. The 'terrorist schools' keep the children - some as young as seven - chained up to beds while they were taught an extreme version of Islam.
The youths, all under 10-years-old, were also taught about suicide bombings and told they would go to paradise if they killed themselves in 'martyrdom-operations'.
Pictures of the locked-up children were uncovered by terror investigator Neil Doyle after authorities carried out a raid on a school in Mogadishu.
The classes, being carried out at a Islamic Boarding School, were being taught by a member of the Al Qaeda inspired Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab.
The teacher claimed that the children were in chains because they missing classes. Most of the children's parents were unaware they were there.
The raid was one of a number of operations sanctioned by the government in recent months and led to the arrest of 200 people.
Mr Doyle, author of Terror Base UK and Terror Tracker, told the Sunday Mirror: 'The images suggest Al Shabaab has turned to slavery in order to produce a generation of child soldiers and suicide bombers.