Austrian teen charged for plotting terror attack with 12-year-old in Germany
An Austrian teenager has been charged on several terror-related counts, including inciting and instructing a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy to carry out an attack on a Christmas market, Austrian press agency APA reported Sunday.
The Vienna prosecution authority accuses the now 18-year-old Austrian boy Lorenz K. of instigating violence, attempted use of an explosive device and membership in a terrorist organization.
The 18-year-old has been in police detention since he was arrested in Vienna in January last year.
The son of Albanian immigrants, he reportedly became radicalized in prison after being sentenced at 16 for robbery. Once released, he was reportedly further radicalized after attending several mosques.
A 12 year old bomber may seem outlandish however Islamic culture has a well documented history of weaponizing children in the Middle East conflict.