Sunday, November 22, 2015
Targeting children: ISIS uses dolls as booby-trap bombs to attack mass Shia pilgrimage
Iraqi forces prevented a major Islamic State (previously ISIS/ISIL) attack as they found and disabled 18 booby-trapped dolls with explosives inside just north of the capital Baghdad. The plot targeted Shia Muslims going on an upcoming religious pilgrimage.
The diabolical plan was to scatter all the dolls alongside the road between Baghdad and Karbala during the Arbaeen pilgrimage, which is a Shia Muslim annual religious observance.
Millions of Shia Muslims walk the path every year. In 2014, there was a new record number of pilgrims, totaling 17.5 million people.
Arbaeen is the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the death of the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein.
All the dolls were discovered in Husseiniya, a suburb northeast of Baghdad, according to the Kuwait News agency (KUNA).
Authorities asked residents to report any suspicious objects.