ISIS accused of using dolls as booby-trap bombs to target Shiite children
Islamic State has been accused of attempting to murder dozens of children as Iraqi security forces seized and destroyed 18 booby-trapped toy dolls scattered along a road to be used during an upcoming religious pilgrimage.
The toys had been taken apart to insert explosives and then reassembled and dressed in colourful clothing.
They were discovered on a road between Baghdad and Karbala by al-Husseiniya security forces.
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The town is part of a predominantly Shiite suburb in northeastern Baghdad, the Kuwait News reports.
Throughout Iraq, ISIS militants have been accused of ethnicity cleansing Shiite Muslims.
Iraqi officials released images of the doll-bombs, saying they had thwarted an ISIS plan to deliberately target Shia Muslim children taking part in Arbaeen pilgrimage, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the entire world.
The religious event marks the end of the 40-day period of mourning on the anniversary of Imam Hussein's death, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
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Millions of Shia Muslims will make the walk through Karbala in the coming weeks.
Approximately 21 people were killed after an ISIS suicide bomber struck a funeral procession for a Shiite militia fighter killed in the Baghdad suburb of Hay al-Amal on Friday.
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Dozens more were injured during a second explosion a mosque in the neighbouring district of Nahiyet al-Rasheed.
The same day a roadside bomb planted near a Shiite shrine in Sadr City, killed at least five people and injured 15.