Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What would you do for your faith?

Thinking she was drugged because she could not talk coherently, police in Baqouba say a 15 year old girl was forced to wear about 33 pounds of explosives and told to wait outside a school for further instructions.

What kind of religion forces teen aged girls to be strapped with bombs to kill as many children as possible?

Where are the followers of the religion of peace when it comes to condemning these acts of terrorism?

Is this the desperate act from a small sect of violent Islamic terrorist who take their Qur'an literally? Or, is this what all Muslim's should be doing but aren't because they don't take their Qur'an literally?

Hard to tell because I don't hear the greater 'peaceful' Muslim population condeming these acts of violence.

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Tears streaming down her face, she is confronted by police - a teenage girl apparently planning to blow herself up in front of an Iraqi school.

The officers handcuffed her to a metal balustrade before moving in with extreme caution to uncover a vest full of explosives hidden under her colourful robe.

The dramatic scenes were captured on a video shot by the police.

The girl - thought to be around 15 years old - later said that she was given the bomb and told to wait outside the school for further instructions.

In the footage, she denies trying to stage a suicide attack, and appears dazed, even drugged. She gave her first name as Rania and said she was born in 1993.

Her exchange with the police offered a rare glimpse at a teenager allegedly recruited by insurgents.

However, it was not clear to what extent her answers were given out of fear - of the police, or even of her own family.

Police in Baqouba, where the girl was caught on Sunday, said she was fitted with the vest by female relatives of her husband, whom she married five months ago.
They also claimed that the girl's father was a suicide bomber, and her mother and one of her sisters were later arrested.

However, U.S. sources said that the girl turned herself in after being hooked up to the explosives against her will.

The police footage begins with Rania standing on the street. Her arms are already behind her back, where they have apparently been tied by an officer in an attempt to restrain her.
A policeman is shown opening her robe, and later frames show her wearing what appears to be a suicide vest, containing about 33lb of explosives.

The officer said the girl led the police back to where she was given the explosives and that they found a second bomb belt in an empty apartment in the Baqouba area.

Many Iraqi women wear long robes, ideal for covering bulky suicide vests, and Iraqi policemen hesitate to pat them down at checkpoints because of cultural taboos.

The police footage of the girl's arrest begins with her standing on a Baqouba street, next to a metal structure.

Her arms are behind her back, apparently tied to the structure, as police surround her.
Later, a policeman is shown opening her robe, and subsequent frames show her wearing what appears to be the suicide vest.

Police later said the vest contained about 33 pounds of explosives.


Craig said...

Thats what makes Islamic extremism so frightening is that they will do things like this.

Nashida Hakim said...

Thank you for your comment, WayneDawg! My blog gets so few.

I've seen so many of these cases - regardless of the age, mental abilities (e.g. the recent use of people with Down Syndrome as suicide bombers), or gender of the individual. My initial reaction is one of shock - why would they drug a FIFTEEN-year-old to do such a thing? Then the numbness sets in.