Monday, June 04, 2007

The Oddity of the Female Suicide Bomber

Even more bizarre to me is the female suicide bomber.

April 10, 2007 · In Iraq today, a female suicide bomber walked into a group of police recruits in a provincial town, northeast of Baghdad, and blew herself up, killing at least 14 Iraqis. Also today, U.S. and Iraqi forces fought a daylong battle against insurgents in the heart of Baghdad.

The suicide bomber reportedly carried the explosives under her black abaya as she approached police headquarters in the town of Muqdadiya. In addition to the 14 dead in the blast, more than 20 others were wounded. Most of the victims were men lining up to enlist in the local police.

The recruiting center is part of a larger Iraqi police compound that houses most of the police in the area. Since moving into Muqdadiya in February, American forces have been trying to persuade the local Iraqi police to move out of the compound and into the nearby towns. They warned that such a large concentration of Iraqi security forces would likely become a target.

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