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Female Muslim Bomber Murders 10 Muslims

From a delighted Reuters:

The coffin of a victim killed in Tuesday’s bomb attack is placed on the top of a vehicle after his body was claimed from al-Kindi hospital morgue in Baghdad January 2, 2008.

Female suicide bomber kills 10 in Iraq

By Peter Graff

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A female suicide bomber killed 10 people in Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in a string of suicide bombings that has seen a major strike nearly every day of the past week despite an overall decline in violence.

The woman blew herself up with an explosive vest at a checkpoint of neighborhood patrol volunteers in Baquba, capital of the restive Diyala province. Twenty-eight people were wounded including some women, police said.

The attack came the day after a bomber detonated his explosive vest in a tent crowded with mourners at a Baghdad funeral. Police raised the death toll from that strike to 34, making it the worst in the capital in six months…

U.S. military figures released over the weekend show suicide bombings increased over the past two months after a low in October.

Among those killed in Wednesday’s strike was Abdul-Rafaa al-Nidawi, whom police described as the coordinator between U.S. forces and volunteer patrols in the city. Other volunteers were also among the dead.

The mainly Sunni Arab neighborhood patrols, paid by U.S. forces to oppose Sunni al Qaeda militants, have frequently been targeted by suicide bombers in recent months.

The patrols were initially set up by tribes that turned against the Sunni Islamist group and are now springing up throughout Sunni Arab areas with U.S. funding and support.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who is not believed to have direct control over the Iraqi militants that use his organization’s name, threatened attacks against the patrol members in an audio tape released last week.

“The fact that al Qaeda is targeting them is the clearest indication that they are concerned about them,” Bergner said…

Wednesday’s strike in Baquba hit the capital of a province where U.S. forces say al Qaeda has regrouped after being pushed out of other strongholds.

Strikes by female suicide bombers are comparatively rare but there have been several in recent weeks in Diyala, including one which killed 16 people on December 7 and another which wounded seven people at a police station in Baquba on New Year’s Eve.

Bergner called the deployment of female bombers “another indication of the depths that al Qaeda is willing to go to perpetrate violence and target innocent civilians.”

The past week saw major bombings against civilians or neighborhood patrol volunteers nearly every day. On New Year’s Eve a suicide car bomb killed 11 people including five children in a town north of Baghdad. On Christmas day two separate strikes on patrol volunteers killed at least 33 people…

If this keeps up they might have to start checking women for bombs and risk offending the Muslim sense of modesty.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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