According to ISIS, an Australian teen named Jake Bilardi, who defected and joined the rebel group sometime late last year, drove a van containing a suicide bomb into an Iraqi army outpost yesterday as part of a series of attacks that killed 17 and injured 38 in Iraq's Anbar Province.
The image above was distributed by the Islamic State, and purports to show the van used in the attack and Bilardi behind the wheel. According to Australia's ABC network, Western officials have not been able to verify ISIS' claims regarding Bilardi, but the timeline does match up to a number of suicide bombs that went off yesterday around the capital city of Ramadi. From ABC:
There is no way to confirm the authenticity of the images, but there was a wave of car bomb attacks in Anbar province on Wednesday (local time).
Twelve car bombs exploded almost simultaneously around the city of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, after dawn with at least seven suicide bombers targeting government security installations, police said.
At least 17 people were killed and 38 wounded, according to a police lieutenant colonel and a doctor at Ramadi hospital.
Bilardi, who also went by the name Abu Abdullah Al Australia, was identified last December as the teenager who ISIS had touted as a young, white, British recruit; as it turns out, Bilaradi was actually from a northern Melbourne suburb.
[image via ABC]