Depraved jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have started using chickens as mobile improvised explosive devices, it has been claimed.
Members of the terror group operating in and around the city of Fallujah are said to be strapping explosive belts to chickens, which are then encouraged to wander into enemy camps.
Once the chickens are successfully within striking distance without having aroused suspicion, the ISIS extremists apparently use remote controls to set off the devices, killing all those close by.
Images of so-called 'suicide chickens' have been widely shared online by both pro and anti ISIS users, although their authenticity could not be verified.
Details of why the terror group are apparently using exploding birds were told to the Daily Star.
The crude devices show how ISIS is running low on ammunition following several years of all out war in Syria and Iraq, the newspaper quoted unnamed experts as saying.
'ISIS will use whatever means they can to bring death and destruction. Using animals has little military value - it is just another example of how their twisted minds enjoy dreaming up bizarre ways to kill people,' a unnamed British man fighting alongside Kurdish troops in the region added.
The bizarre claims that ISIS are using suicide chickens comes just days after reports of the terror group strapping IEDS to a goat that was sent into a Kurdish base in the Syrian city of Kobani.
Photographs of the animal IEDs emerged as the US-led coalition battling ISIS dropped new leaflets over the terror group's de facto capital Raqqa, vowing to bring 'freedom' to those living there.
A Raqqa-based anti-Islamic State group and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the leaflets had drawings showing dead extremists and their flag turned upside down.
Four fighters with the main Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, walked down a street in the picture, with words in Arab below: 'Freedom will come.'
The network called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered posted a copy of the leaflets on its Twitter account. There was no immediate response from ISIS.
By John Hall
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