Washington, July 24 : A videon showing the body of a martyred Uzbek child is being used by a group linked to Al Qaeda to recruit jihadis.
The apparently lifeless body of the child, younger than 11, is the focus of the grisly half-hour video being promoted by the Islamic Jihad Union - a radical Uzbek group, says the New York Daily News.
According to American Government officials, the boy has been identified as Abd al Rahim, and he was killed in Waziristan.
Waziristan is part of the Pakistani tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other insurgents' stage attacks on U.S. and allied forces.
The video was obtained from the terrorism research service SITE Intelligence Group.
The ghastly film follows Abd al-Rahim and a dozen young boys in camouflage shirts and black headbands reading "There is no God but Allah" as they train with rocket-propelled grenades, pistols and Kalashnikov rifles.
The dead boy was "a translator between the native fighters and the mujahideen," the video says.