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12 November 2008 :: 15:11:47 pm 28529

Girl Of 13 Becomes Youngest Suicide Bomber In Day Of Carnage

A 13-year-old girl became the youngest suicide bomber to wreak havoc in Iraq yesterday, killing five Iraqi guards in a town that has become notorious for deadly attacks by women bombers.?
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The girl blew herself up in Baquba, on the same day that a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing about 30 people and shattering a fragile sense of calm in the capital.

The carnage was compounded by a male suicide bomber who joined the crowd of rescue workers, bystanders and frantic relatives of victims before blowing himself up in a follow-up explosion.

Police and medics said the Baquba bomber was a girl of just 13 years old, making her the youngest person yet to blow themselves up in the conflict.

In the past militants have exploited women and youngsters for use as suicide bombers. In one case child passengers were used as decoys to enable a car bomb to be smuggled past unsuspecting US soldiers before it was detonated with the young boys still inside.

Insurgents have also used children to bury roadside bombs and even fire rocket-propelled grenades at US forces. This callous deployment of youngsters has helped to fuel a backlash against groups such as al-Qaeda within the Sunni community.

The target of the teenage bomber was a patrol by the Sons of Iraq, former Sunni insurgents who have turned on al-Qaeda.

Many of the victims of the car bombing in the Sunni area of Addumiyah in northern Baghdad were schoolgirls, travelling in a minibus.

?Innocent and simple people were gathering to have breakfast or shop in the nearby area. A minibus which was driving past was also hit and four or five of its passengers were killed,? said a bystander. ?How can you explain this act? This is not a military unit, not a military barracks. There is nothing there.? Witnesses described the minibus torn apart by shrapnel, its bloody floor scattered with girls’ shoes.

US military officials said the blast appeared to be the work of al-Qaeda, which, though on the wane, is still a potent and deadly force in Iraq.

A number of policemen and soldiers were killed when they rushed to help the wounded, only to be hit by the second bomb minutes later.

Hundreds of children have died in countless bombings, often when car bombers target US military vehicles in urban areas, as children gather around hoping for sweets or treats from the American soldiers.

Baquba has been struck by a wave of women suicide bombers in recent months, often the widows of al-Qaeda members or Islamist extremists who have themselves been killed fighting against the Americans or the Shia government forces. About 30 women have blown themselves up this year, compared with 8 in 2007.

The teenager’s attack on the Sons of Iraq coincided with the first payment by the Government to the Sunni militias, who have until now been funded by the US military who helped to recruit and train them.

The Government has been highly suspicious of the parallel army that has emerged under American supervision, and consists largely of fighters the regime has long viewed as terrorists.

There had been speculation that the Government could refuse to pay them or to offer them jobs in the regular security services, risking a militia backlash.

As about 54,000 militiamen received their wages, US Brigadier-General Robin Swan said: ?This is really a tremendously important day and a manifestation of the reconciliation process that is happening in Iraq. The real proof of the pudding is in the payday.

Source from:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5126873.ece


WILLING TO DIE: PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBERS
Prologue (Teenage Suicide Bombers)

On March 16, 2004, Palestinian terrorists associated with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group tricked a 12-year-old boy into carrying a large bomb in his school bag into a checkpoint near Nablus. Abdullah Quran’s life was saved only because a cell phone rigged to detonate the 13-pound bomb failed to set off the explosive at the checkpoint as it had been designed to do. The border guard heard the cell phone and opened the bag.

The unwitting youngster did not understand that he had been selected to be the youngest suicide bomber nor did he realize that the men who had persuaded him to carry the bomb were planning to kill him. He had been instructed to carry the package, which he believed were car parts, to a woman waiting on the other side of the checkpoint.

After hours of questioning, the child was released when it became clear that he did not know what he was carrying.

The New York Times on March 24, 2004 reported that again a gullible teenager was tricked into carrying an 18-pound bomb vest to an Israeli checkpoint. A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, with the mind of a 12-year old according to his brother, had a suicide bomb vest strapped to his body when he was stopped at a checkpoint. The Israeli soldiers used a robot to provide the boy with some scissors to remove the vest.

Husam Abdo, the young Palestinian, told the Israeli police that he didn’t want to die. He didn’t want to blow up. Husam’s outraged family said that he had acted strangely the day before militants had strapped the bomb on him.

“In addition to the fact that he would have harmed my soldiers, he would have also harmed the Palestinians waiting at the checkpoint, and there were 200 to 300 innocent Palestinians there,” said the checkpoint commander.

How did the Palestinian people react to this outrage? The Washington Times reported: “Although some offered conspiracy theories blaming Israeli secret agents, many acknowledged that some militants deliberately involve children in their attacks on Israelis. Other incidents in recent months include a Palestinian teenager stopped on his way to perpetrate a suicide-bombing attack and two minors caught trying to slip into Israel with handmade guns.”

The double bombing on March 14 involved two 17-year-old boys. Recently bombers have been women with children. Yassin, the assassinated leader of Hamas, has declared that he will use more women in homicide attacks.

Once a culture can convince itself that suicide bombing of innocent civilians is a religious duty, despite Islam’s prohibition against suicide and against the murder of civilians, it can rationalize any despicable act. How did this type of terrorism become entrenched in the Palestinian mind and why do the Palestinian people embrace this practice?

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : World News

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