Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Did Suicide Bombers Have Down Syndrome?

The Associated Press
1 February 2008

Female Bombers Strike Markets in Baghdad


BAGHDAD (AP) - Remote-controlled explosives strapped to two mentally retarded women detonated in a coordinated attack on Baghdad pet bazaars Friday, Iraqi officials said, killing at least 73 people in the deadliest day since the U.S. sent 30,000 extra troops to the capital last spring.

The chief Iraqi military spokesman in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, said the female bombers had Down syndrome and that the explosives were detonated by remote control -- indicating they may not having been willing attackers in what could be a new method by suspected Sunni insurgents to subvert stepped up security measures. [...]

[The article notes that a child suicide bomber who died in January 2005 appeared to have Down syndrome, according to Iraqi police.]

The Associated Press
20 February 2008

US: Bombers Didn't Have Down Syndrome


BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. military said Wednesday that two women used as suicide bombers in attacks earlier this month had undergone psychiatric treatment but there is no indication they had Down syndrome as Iraqi and U.S. officials initially had claimed. [...]