A photograph shared on Twitter shows the corpse of a little girl who, according to Syrian Arab News Agency, carried out a suicide bombing on al-Midan Police Station in Damascus.
There are conflicting reports about the girl’s age, with some reports stating that she was as young as 7 and others that she was as old as 9.
According to Lizzie Phelan, a Middle East correspondent, the little girl entered the police department and claimed that she was lost before detonating her explosive device. However, Redditors in the Syrian Civil War subreddit speculate that the girl was coerced into committing the deed and that the explosive was detonated remotely.
The attack killed her and no one else.
The chief of the Police Station, Brig. Gen. Basman Zeidan, said that the attack caused minor injuries to one policeman and material damage to the 2nd floor’s offices and bathroom, adding that the exploitation of innocent children by terrorists to carry out their terrorist agendas shows how barbaric they and their Takfiri mentality are.
A takfiri is a Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy.
It is unclear if ISIS or another one of a number of Sunni extremist groups is behind the attack. The last Islamic State attack in Damascus occurred in June when suicide bombers attacked the Sayyida Zeinab mosque, the holiest Shiite shrine in Syria. According to the Daily Mail, 20 people were killed in that attack.
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