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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Iraqi Homicide Bomber Woman Caught---Confesses

AP: Iraqi Woman Confesses on Jordan TV---

AMMAN, Jordan (Nov. 13) - Strapped with a disabled explosives belt, an Iraqi woman arrested Sunday confessed on television to trying to blow herself up with her husband in one of three suicide attacks earlier this week that killed 57 people.

The 35-year-old woman -- the sister of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's right-hand man who was killed by U.S. forces in Iraq -- appeared on Jordanian state TV hours after she was captured by security forces who were tipped off by an al-Qaida claim that a husband-and-wife team participated in Wednesday's bombings.

Looking nervous and wringing her hands, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, described how she failed to blow herself up during a wedding reception at the Radisson SAS hotel on Wednesday night after struggling with the cord on her explosives belt.
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Her husband, Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, 35, was identified Sunday as one of three Iraqi men who carried out the bombings. The Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels also were bombed.

Muasher said the confession offered further proof that the attacks were the work of al-Qaida in Iraq, which has claimed responsibility.

Muasher said the woman was wearing two vests, one packed with explosives and the other with ball bearings to inflict maximum damage. "This technique was used in all three of the attacks," he told CNN.

He said authorities hoped the broadcast of the details provided in the broadcast confession would offer some solace to Jordanians shocked by the attacks and he promised the woman would get a fair trial.

Al-Qaida in Iraq, which is led by the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi, said in its claim of responsibility that there were four bombers, including a woman. The group said the attacks were to strike at Jordan's support for the United States and other Western powers.
Read the text of her confession here.

She should get the death penalty, regardless of the fact that her explosives didn't go off. She tried to murder such a number of innocent people. An example needs to be set.