Say what you will about ISIS, but they clearly have some respect for tradition.
Militants in the Islamic terrorist group in Iraq are now employing a new weapon to spread terror — bombs that release scores of live scorpions to spread fear among their enemies.
Strangely enough, the technique isn’t original. Similar bombs were used about, oh, only 2,000 years ago by Iraqis in the city of Hatra betweeen 198 and 199 AD. They would pack clay pots full of scorpions to hurl at Roman armies
The Daily Mail reports that ISIS improvised two-foot bombs that release the poisonous creatures when the canister breaks.
“Scorpions are robust – even if they are launched a couple of miles, when the canister breaks thousands are flung out and start crawling all around,” said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, ex-head of chemical and biological weapons for the Army and Nato. “Some scorpions are very poisonous but the main thing is creating fear.”
The scorpion bombs aren’t causing any casulaties, de Bretton-Gordon said, but they took a severe psychological toll on those affected.
For more information on the practice, both in its ancient and recent incarnations, read the source article at the Daily Mail.