Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Mentally Disabled Attackers Reportedly Used in Market
Two women, described as mentally disabled and strapped with remote controlled explosives, were possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers. They brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars, killing at least 91 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.Iraq's chief military spokesman in Baghdad, said the women had Down syndrome and may not have known they were on suicide missions, but gave no further details on how authorities pieced together the evidence. He also said the bombs were detonated by remote control. The blasts were coordinated and came 20 minutes apart in different parts of the city. This seems to reinforce U.S. claims that al-Qaida in Iraq may be desperate and running short of able bodied men willing or available for such suicide missions. We should call them murder missions, because that is what they are.