Thursday, October 09, 2008

Suicide bombers, IEDs, Baghdad bombing

Alissa J. Rubin's "Iraqi Woman Carries Out Suicide Blast in Diyala" in this morning's New York Times focuses on the bomber who took her own life in Diyala Province yesterday as well as 10 others. Rubin provides some figures:

*From 2003 to 2008, the street where the attack took place (in front of the Court of Appeals) has seen "at least 16" suicide bombers or attempted ones.

*Of that 16, 3 in 2008 have been women.

*Of that 16, 7 were people wearing bomb vests and 9 were done via car bombings.

*The woman becomes the 17th "to detonate a suicide bomb in Diyala this year".

*Someone spoke to Iraqi women.

The last one refers to the paper. Zahra Qasim is quoted explaining, "There was a big fireball that was hurled into the sky and a strong boom. I fell, and I woke up in the hospital. Then I found out that my hands were injured by the shrapnel."

Iraqi women do not get quoted very often by the paper. Ernesto Londono's "Suicide Bomber Kills 10 In Iraq's Diyala Province" (Washington Post) adds:

Since 2003, more than 50 women in Iraq have carried out suicide bombings or were detained before detonating explosives, including 30 this year, according to the U.S. military. Such bombings have killed at least 380 people and wounded hundreds.
Ibrahim Hasan Bajilan, chairman of the Diyala provincial council, said U.S. military officials detained a man Wednesday who was unable to carry out a suicide bombing nearby.
Bajilan said he was told the female suicide bomber was a 16-year-old from Muqdadiyah, a town northeast of Baghdad.
The blast appeared to target a group of Iraqi soldiers who were conducting a patrol with policemen from Khalis, a town near Baqubah, Iraqi officials said. The town's mayor said this was the third time his officers have been targeted near the courthouse.

Staying with the topic of bombings in Iraq, Lloyd highlights this from Ernesto Londono's "Use of 'Sticky IEDs' Rising in Iraq" (Washington Post):

Iraqi insurgents are increasingly using magnetically attached bombs known as "sticky IEDs" to assassinate mid- and low-level Iraqi officials, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.
Rigged with magnets so they will adhere to the undersides of automobiles and detonated by remote control or with timers, the bombs have been used in Iraq sporadically since 2004. This year, U.S. military officials said, they have investigated roughly 200 cases involving magnetic bombs, and Iraqi officials said they have noted an increase in assassination attempts in which attackers use guns equipped with silencers.

And still on the topic of bombings, UPI reports a Baghdad roadside bombing in the Sadry City section that which resulted in two deaths and Saleh al-Ageili, of the Sadr Movement, being taken to the hospital for his wounds. Reuters updates that with: "At least two members of Iraq's parliament and a health ministry official told Reuters that Saleh al-Ugaili was pronounced dead in a Baghdad hospital following the roadside bomb that exploded near his convoy earlier in the day in the Habibiya district of eastern Baghdad." China's Xinhau states it was a motor cycle bombing.

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