Dec 7 2008
Rania told police she had no idea the vest was a bomb. Family members, including her husband, she said, had helped her put it on.
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CBS) Rania al Ambaki was handcuffed to a gate at an Iraq security checkpoint. She was a human bomb,CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports.
Fifteen-year-old Rania al Ambaki from Baquba says she was strapped with a vest of explosives by terrorists and turned into a human bomb
Suspicious officers immobilized her, jammed cell phone signals that could detonate the explosives, then carefully removed her suicide vest.
She turned out to be just 15 years old, and her story is an increasingly common one. She comes from Baquba, an al Qaeda hot spot just north of Baghdad. It’s a recruiting ground for women suicide bombers who are responsible for much of the recent carnage in story Iraq.
Last year, there were eight women bombers. So far this year, there have been 35. A CBS News crew traveled to Baquba to meet Rania in jail.
“I now thank God that I didn’t get blown up,” she said through a translator.
Rania told police she had no idea the vest was a bomb. Family members, including her husband, she said, had helped her put it on. Police think they may have drugged her, and meant to blow her up by remote control.
Rania said through a translator: “They told me that it was a kind of medical vest for back pain.”
Gen. Abdul Kareem Qalaf helped interrogate Rania. He said: “She has a low IQ and is a vulnerable teenage girl.”