Police in Iraq remove explosives belt from child

The boy, who was stopped and searched in the city of Kirkuk was reportedly no older than 13

Police in Iraq remove explosives belt from child

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Police have stripped an explosives belt from a suspected child suicide bomber in northern Iraq.

Pictures show the moment Kurdish security forces stopped and searched the boy in a street in the city of Kirkuk on Sunday.

The child looked distressed as he was restrained by four officials who grappled with the youngster as they attempted to inspect the belt.

It was eventually removed from the boy's body and the explosives defused at the scene.

The boy, reportedly no older than 13, was arrested in the city's Huziran neighbourhood and driven away in a police car.

His detention followed two suicide bombings in the city earlier the same day.

It comes a day after Turkish authorities blamed a child suicide bomber for killing at least 51 people and injuring 69 at a wedding in the city of Gaziantep.

At least 22 of the victims were younger than 14, according to a government official. That attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamic State.