Baghdad // About 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each month, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Monday, calling for countries in the region to curb the flow of foreign fighters.
His comments came after ISIL claimed a 17-year-old from Britain drove of one of four explosive-ladened vehicles used in an attack on an oil refinery in northern Iraq.
“The number of foreign fighters in Iraq now exceeds the number of Iraqis” in ISIL, Mr Al Abadi said. “There is a problem to be addressed by these countries.”
“It is up to others ... to stop these terrorists from coming to our country, and to stop this machine of killing and destruction and terrorism.”
Suicide bombers are one of the deadliest weapons used by ISIL, which deploys them in explosives-packed vehicles to breach Iraqi defences or cause mass civilian casualties in crowded areas.
Talha Asmal from the northern English town of Dewsbury is believed to have become Britain’s youngest suicide bomber after travelling to Syria in April with friend Hassan Munshi, also 17.
On Monday, his parents accused ISIL leaders of being “too cowardly to do their own dirty work”.
Parents Ibrahim, 42, and Noorjaha, 38, said the group had preyed upon his “innocence and vulnerability”.
“We are all naturally utterly devastated and heart-broken by the unspeakable tragedy that appears to have befallen us,” they said in a statement.
Asmal was taking his final school exams, but is believed to have boarded a flight from Manchester to Dalaman in south-western Turkey on March 31.
Hundreds of Britons are believed to have joined the ISIL in Syria and Iraq.