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The ISIS bomb hidden inside dolls and toys to kill children

  • Iraqi security forces defused and destroyed 18 doll-bombs in Baghdad
  • Bomb plot set to target Shia Muslims on pilgrimage for upcoming holiday
  • The dolls had been filled with explosives before being dressed again
  • ISIS is led by and mainly composed of Sunni Muslims from Iraq and Syria

Iraqi security forces have seized more than a dozen booby trapped dolls which had been part of an ISIS bomb plot against Shia pilgrims.

Security forces in Baghdad defused and destroyed 18 IEDs which had been hidden inside the hollow bodies of children’s toys, before being dressed in doll clothes.

ISIS had planned on scattering the doll-bombs on the road between the Iraqi capital and Karbala, where millions of Shia Muslims are set to walk during the annual pilgrimage for Arbaeen next month.


Arbaeen is a Shia religious observance that marks the end of the 40-day period of mourning after the anniversary of Imam Hussein’s death, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

It is considered one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, with millions set to make the journey to Karbala over the upcoming weeks.

Last year, the number of pilgrims in the city of Karbala commemorating


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