Monday, December 24, 2007

She's the Bomb

You can imagine the women's rights groups will finally speak up, complaining how sacrilegious it is to look under an elderly woman's burqa.
A woman carrying a waistcoat filled with explosives under her all-enveloping burqa was arrested on Monday in eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials said, in the first possible reported case of a female suicide bomber in the country.

She was arrested on a tip-off in Jalalabad after being followed by intelligence department officials near the border with Pakistan.

The elderly woman's identity was not given, but she was now being questioned, officials said.

It was not immediately clear if the woman wanted to use the explosives herself or was carrying the bomb to deliver it.

If the former, she would be the first reported female suicide bomber in Afghanistan where hundreds of people, many of them civilians, have been killed this year alone in such attacks.

Despite the overthrow in 2001 of the Taliban -- who forced women to wear the all enveloping burqa whenever outdoors -- most women still wear it.

Security checkpoints in Afghanistan are usually manned only by men who are not supposed to check women for fear of offending their modesty.
It's a bit more offensive to commit mass murder.

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