Sunday, May 3, 2009

Suicide bombers in Iraq

There have been a series of successful suicide bomb attacks in Iraq in recent weeks, but here's one that wasn't. This fellow was attempting to blow up a crowd at a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk when what look like civilians (at least, they're not in uniform) wrestled him to the ground, explosives vest and all.

According to the report, the would-be bomber was Ammar Afif Hamada, close to Al Qaeda in Iraq commander Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who himself was captured last week. I'm no expert, but it seems unusual to me that someone that high in the Al Qaeda command would be trying to blow himself up. Usually, underlings get that job. Either it's a sign of desperation, or he's misidentified. (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)

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