Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
As the world turns, and we go about our daily lives, so does the ongoing series of suicide bombings in Iraq.
Iraqi Civilians aware of their limited time on this earth, met their end along with Iraqi Policemen, all, who won't be coming home for Sunday dinner with their families.
One wonders when it will all end, with some surmising it will end when there is no one left in Iraq, no civilians, no terrorists, no troops, no life period. That seems to be a assessment we can all agree on.
Female suicide bomber kills 15 in Iraq
June 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM EDT
BAGHDAD — A female suicide bomber struck near a government compound northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 40, police said. At least 21 suicide attacks have been carried out this year by women.
The bomber detonated her explosives in front of a heavily guarded area that includes the courthouse, the post office and the governor's offices in the city of Baqouba, a police officer said.
The 15 killed included seven policemen, the officer said, giving the casualty toll on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.
The attack occurred about 1 p.m., a time when large numbers of people were visiting the compound.
A car bomb across the street from the compound killed at least 40 people in April.
The U.S. military has warned that women bombers are being increasingly recruited by al-Qaeda in Iraq because they can more easily avoid security searches. U.S. military figures show the number of female suicide attacks has risen from eight in 2007 to 21 so far this year — eight of those in Diyala province.
The bomber on Sunday had apparently hidden an explosives belt under a traditional black Islamic robe usually worn by Iraqi women.
One man who was hit by shrapnel in his hand and shoulder said the blast occurred as many people were leaving the compound ahead of the 2 p.m. close of business.
“I was trying to get out of the court when the explosion took place,” the witness said, declining to give his name because of security concerns. “I heard some of the injured people saying they saw a woman wearing a black robe blew herself up.”
Those killed included seven policemen and eight civilians, according to police and the U.S. military, which confirmed the attack.