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Would-be bomber's brothers killed in Iraq
Updated: 2005-11-15 22:57

The Iraqi woman who failed in her bid to blow herself up in an Amman hotel had three brothers killed by U.S. forces, friends of the woman said Tuesday. In a response to the bombings, Jordanian officials unveiled tough new anti-terror measures.

Iraqi Sajida Mubarek Atrous al-Rishawi confesses on Jordanian state run TV. Sunday Nov. 13, 2005 about her failed bid to set off an explosives belt inside one of the three Amman hotels targeted by al-Qaida. Fifty-seven people were killed on Wednesday's attack on three Amman hotels. [AP]

The killings of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi's three brothers in Iraq's volatile Anbar province is being considered as a possible motivation behind her bid to take part in last week's triple bombings, which killed 60 people, including her husband and two Iraqi bombers.

Friends of al-Rishawi, who comes from Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi, told The Associated Press that three of her brothers were killed by U.S. forces.

Thamir al-Rishawi, regarded as a known member of an al-Qaida in Iraq terror cell operating in Anbar, was killed during the April 2004 U.S. operations in Fallujah when an air-to-ground missile hit his pickup.

Two other brothers, Ammar and Yassir, were killed in two separate attacks against U.S. troops in Ramadi, said the two friends, who declined to be identified further because they feared retribution from insurgent forces.

Police arrested the would-be bomber Sunday in a safe house in western Amman after the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group issued an Internet statement saying a woman was among the four Iraqi attackers.
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