Al Qaeda is kidnapping young children in troubled Somalia and brainwashing them to launch future terrorist attacks, 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 parents were unaware they were there.

They are following in the footsteps of other militants who target children, like the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban who regularly poison students at girls’ schools and shoot teachers.

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