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January 30, 2008

Mentally Disabled Women Involved In Suicide Bombings

Two female suicide bombers, who were apparently mentally handicapped, were strapped with explosive devices and killed dozens of people in a marketplace upon detonation in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, according to MSNBC.com. Casualties resulting from the bombing were the highest they have been since the increase of 30,000 U.S. troops to Baghdad in the spring of 2007.

The suicide bombers may have been unaware of their actions. Iraqi officials said they were mentally handicapped and the bombs, which were hidden under the womens' robes, were remote-controlled.

The attacks were apparently coordinated. The first occurred at 10:20 a.m. at the al-Ghazl market, a crowded pet bazaar in the New Baghdad district. The woman frequented the market and was known as "the crazy lady." The second blast occurred 20 minutes later in a largely Shiite area in southeastern Baghdad. (Yahoo! News)

The bombings were determined to most likely be the work of al-Qaida, according to a U.S. military spokesman. (MSNBC.com) Women may have been used in attacks due to the increased security measures, as they are able to pass through security easily because the men cannot search them.

The Iraqi President said the attacks were meant "to stop the march of history and of our people toward reconciliation."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080201/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22945797/