A child seen executing an Arab Israeli in one of ISIS’s recent videos has reportedly been recognized by his classmates from a school he attended in Toulouse, France. The boy could be as young as 12 years old.
The local schools inspector has cautioned against jumping to
conclusions yet, however.
“Concerning the formal identification of this person, I
cannot tell you anything. Children from the Vauquelin College
have recognized one of their classmates, but we must remain
cautious,” Jacques Caillaut told journalists.
Students allegedly saw the footage on Wednesday and were shocked,
with some of them in tears. Counseling for them has been put in
place at school, AFP reported.
The kids would have known the boy executioner when he was in
primary school, but he supposedly “hasn’t been enrolled at
the Vergers [primary] school since last March,” school
inspector also said.
Posted on March 10, the video shows a 19-year-old young man, who
introduced himself as Mohammed Said Ismail Musallam kneeling in
front of a boy. Wearing an orange jumpsuit, typically used by IS
jihadists for executions, Musallam tells how he had been
recruited by Israeli intelligence.
Next to the boy there is also a man, heard threatening Jews in
France. According to French media outlet La Depeche, the man was
speaking French with a Toulouse accent.
Then, the boy shoots the prisoner in the forehead using a pistol,
shouts “Allahu Akbar” and fires four more times at the
man who lies on the ground.
The man next to the boy has been unofficially recognized as Sabri
Essid – a close connection to French jihadist gunman Mohamed
Merah, who assassinated seven people, including three school
children, in southern France in 2012.
The boy is believed to be Essid’s stepson who stands next to him:
Essid is known to have traveled to Syria last year with the
family, including his wife and her 12-year-old son from a
French authorities have launched a formal investigation into the
It’s not the first time that news of child IS fighters has
appeared. Earlier this year, IS published a video that showed a
young boy shooting in the back of the head two men reportedly
accused of being Russian spies.