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Handicapped Child Said Used in Iraq Suicide Attack

Child Said Used in Iraq Suicide Attack (AP – WaPo)

Iraq’s interior minister said Monday that insurgents used a handicapped child as one of the suicide bombers who launched attacks on election day. Falah al-Naqib told reporters in Baghdad that 38 attacks were carried out on polling stations in Iraq on Sunday and that one of the suicide bombings was carried out by a disabled child. “A handicapped child was used to carry out a suicide attack on a polling site,” al-Naqib said. “This is an indication of what horrific actions they are carrying out.” He gave no other details about the attack, but police at the scene of one the Baghdad blasts said the bomber appeared to have Down’s Syndrome.

As Charles Johnson notes,”it strongly suggests that the mujahideen are running out of willing suicide killers.” Of course, it might just be that they are equal opportunity employers. . . .

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  1. Iraqi Terrorists Use Disabled as Bombers
    Remember, folks, the people who strapped the bomb to a mentally retarded child are considered noble freedom fighters by the New York Times, Washington Post, United Nations, and Howard Dean.

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  2. Sickening. And NYT calls them “resistence fighters.” I guess the Nazi death camps would be “genetics laboratories.”

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  3. Tig says:

    I am wondering if young men afflicted with Downs Syndrome also yearn for a reward of 72 virgins. Before we point the finger at those who used him, it might be prudent to find out if he insisted on being used.

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  4. Child With Downs Syndrome Used By Terrorists As Suicide Bomber
    You simply can’t get any lower than using a child with downs syndrome to perform a suicide bombing. As reported below one of the suicide bombers at a polling station during Iraq’s election was a mentally handicapped child. Washington Post…

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