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Latest update : 2009-02-04

Iraqi forces said Tuesday that they had captured a woman who confessed to training more than 28 female suicide bombers, all of whom carried out attacks across Iraq.

REUTERS - Iraqi forces said on Tuesday they had captured
a woman who trained more than 28 female suicide bombers who
carried out attacks across Iraq.
 

Al Qaeda and other Sunni Islamist groups have increasingly
sent women and girls on suicide bombing missions because they
are less likely to be detected in searches, a tactic that became
more common in 2007 and 2008.
 

Baghdad security spokesman Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi
said the woman, Samira Ahmed Jassim, was a member of the Sunni
Arab militant Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna and was captured at
an undisclosed location two weeks ago.
 

"Our intelligence information and tips from residents showed
she directly supervised training of more than 80 female
terrorists in Baghdad and Diyala," he told a news conference,
referring to the capital and a volatile northern province.
 

He played a video in which Jassim, a middle-aged woman in a
traditional black robe, appeared to confess to training a female
bomber who attacked a police station in Diyala.
 

"I was introduced to her, I began talking to her," Jassim
could be heard saying in the video, much of which was difficult
to hear when played back at the news conference.
 

Moussawi said: "She confessed to training more than 28
female suicide bombers, all of whom conducted operations in
different parts of Iraq."

Date created : 2009-02-04

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