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Published: 07/9/10

Suicide Bombers Kill Disabled, Elderly in Pakistan

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Suicide Bombers Kill Disabled, Elderly in Pakistan

(July 9) -- Suicide bombers attacked a gaggle of tribal elders conferring over tea alongside Pakistani workers distributing wheelchairs to the disabled, killing more than 50 people today in a border area where soldiers have failed to oust the Taliban. Among those killed were town volunteers handing out the wheelchairs and secondhand equipment to poor farmers, chief administrator in the Mohmand tribal region, Rasool Khan, told The Associated Press. Refugees who'd fled nearby fighting and were lining up for relief supplies were also among the more than 100 people wounded, Dawn News reported....

Published: 07/2/10

Twin Attacks on Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Kill Dozens

By  Adnan R. Khan - AOL News
Twin Attacks on Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Kill Dozens

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (July 2) -- Two suicide bombers detonated more than 65 pounds of explosives in one of Lahore's iconic cultural landmarks, killing at least 37 people and wounding 175. The attack on the Sufi shrine, locally known as Data Darbar, has sent shockwaves through Pakistan's Sufi community, who have lived in fear of such violence for four years. Sufism, the mystical strand of Islam, is a largely nonviolent, apolitical religious creed that places an individual's relationship with God above the demands of any single doctrine. It is credited with producing some of Islam's greatest...

Published: 03/30/10

Russia Fears Further Attacks by 'Black Widows'

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Russia Fears Further Attacks by 'Black Widows'

(March 30) -- Russian investigators believe the two female suicide bombers who blew themselves up on the Moscow subway Monday, killing almost 40 people, were part of a larger all-female suicide squad, sparking fears that the attacks could mark the beginning of a wider terror campaign. Agents from the Federal Security Service (FSB) told the Kommersant daily that they are trying to confirm whether the two "black widows" -- as female bombers from Chechnya and other restive parts of the North Caucasus are popularly known -- were members of a 30-strong suicide team. Said Buryatsky, the militant...

Published: 03/1/10

Suicide Bomber Says He Lured CIA Agents With Phony Intelligence

By  David Sessions - Politics Daily
Suicide Bomber Says He Lured CIA Agents With Phony Intelligence

The suicide bomber in a late-December attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan claims in a posthumously released video that he lured U.S. intelligence officers into a trap by feeding them false information, The Washington Post reports. The bomber, a Jordanian physician named Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, says in the video that he sent U.S. and Jordanian officers fake tips about terrorist activity and videos he made of senior al-Qaeda operatives. He originally planned to kidnap one Jordanian operative, but stumbled on an unexpected opportunity to kill several Americans as well. "It wasn't planned...

Published: 02/3/10

Are Female Suicide Bombers the Wave of the Future?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Are Female Suicide Bombers the Wave of the Future?

In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bomb plot, Western countries are beefing up security to combat terrorism at airports and universities. Mounting evidence suggests that, as they do this, they should pay particular attention to one group of people who've so far flown under the radar: women....

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Published: 02/1/10

Suicide Bomber Kills 41 Shiite Pilgrims near Baghdad

By  David Sessions - Politics Daily
Suicide Bomber Kills 41 Shiite Pilgrims near Baghdad

A female suicide bomber attacked a group of Shiite pilgrims on the outskirts of Baghdad Monday, killing 41 and wounding over 100, the New York Times reports. The woman was able to mingle among the worshipers, who were visiting a Shiite shrine, before detonating an explosive device. Shiites from across Iraq, Iran, and other countries make an annual journey to Karbala, south of Baghdad, to celebrate the end of mourning of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. Many make the trip on foot, which can take weeks, under the threat of attack from rival Islamic factions. The attack was...

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Published: 01/22/10

Report: Female Suicide Bombers From Yemen May Be Coming to the U.S.

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Report: Female Suicide Bombers From Yemen May Be Coming to the U.S.

Law enforcement officials have been warned that female suicide bombers may attempt to enter the United States, it was reported Friday. At least two potential suicide bombers are believed to be connected to al-Qaeda in Yemen, ABC News reported. They may have a non-Arab appearance and be carrying Western passports. The threat was described as "current" but not imminent, a law enforcement official told ABC. The man accused of trying to explode a bomb on a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told FBI agents he trained with a number of potential terrorists in Yemen. ...

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Published: 01/19/10

Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....

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