Jihadist group supporters have circulated a video online showing a young child beheading a teddy bear with a hunting knife while an ISIS flag hangs behind him on a wall, the New York Daily News reported.
The video, which has since been removed from YouTube, shows the child, whom the Daily News called a “terror tot,” excitedly running into his room with knife in hand and cutting the bear’s head off as music plays in the background.
The little boy – who appeared to be around preschool age – was described as the son of an Islamic State group fighter.
In the video, he stands in front of a large Islamic State flag hanging on the wall, smiling as he carries out his gruesome task which involves plunging his knife into the soft plush of the white teddy bear with red polka dot paws.
While he’s working to decapitate the toy, a man off camera is heard egging him on with the call “Takbir!” an Arabic term associated with the phrase “Allahu akbar,” or Allah is the greatest.
The child briefly pauses to raise his knife and smile, then continues on with the beheading, squealing in delight.
The boy walks off camera with a smile as the man, who is presumably his father, shouts “Allah Akbar!”
The 51-second video, titled “The son of one of the Mujahideen Part II” in Arabic, was posted on YouTube Friday and tweeted out by a self-described “Islamic Supremacist, Radical and Fundamentalist.”
“Oh my..” @jihadi56 tweeted with emojis expressing tears and laughter. “Khilafah cub showing off his skills!”
ISIS has frequently cast children in the starring role of its propaganda videos, in both training settings and as executioners, calling them “cubs of the caliphate.”
The most recent video involving a child was posted last month and showed a teenage or preteen boy beheading a Syrian Army officer.