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Hospital Head Behind ‘Downs’ Bombers?

From those champions of patients’ rights at BBC News:

An Iraqi offers cigarettes to patients at Baghdad’s al-Rashad psychiatric hospital in 2003.

Iraqi medic detained over blasts

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

A psychiatric hospital official has been detained in Baghdad in connection with bombings by two allegedly mentally disabled women, says the US military.

The man is suspected of supplying patient information to al-Qaeda in Iraq, spokesman Rear Admiral Gregory Smith told a news conference.

Twin bombings of crowded pet markets on 1 February killed at least 98 people.

Officials later said the explosives had been attached to two mentally ill women and were remotely detonated.


Rear Adm Smith identified the suspect, who was detained on Sunday, as an acting administrator at Rashad hospital in the capital.

“Coalition forces detained a hospital administrator in connection with the possible exploitation of mentally impaired women by al-Qaeda,” he said.

“The administrator remains in coalition force detention and is being questioned to determine what role if any [he played] in supplying al-Qaeda with information regarding patients at the al-Rashad psychiatric hospital or from other medical facilities in Baghdad,” he added.

US troops had carried out a “thorough” search of the hospital, he said…

Notice how the BBC felt obliged to put their patented quote marks around ‘Exploitation.’

If this wasn’t exploitation, what is?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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