IRAQ: A justifiable honor killing?

Iraqi father kills his own daughter to prevent her from becoming a suicide bomber.

al-Arabiya-When police came hunting for a teenage girl they believed had been recruited by al-Qaeda to be a suicide bomber in a town north of Baghdad, they found she was already dead: Slain by her father, who told police he strangled his daughter out of shame and then cut her throat.

The killing of Shahlaa Najim al-Anbaky, reported by police Friday, appeared to be from an unusual melding of motives – part to defend the family honor, part to prevent her from joining the militants. But how much of each weighed in her father’s mind remains unclear, with police still investigating the details.

Al-Qaeda has been recruiting women for suicide attacks because they can pass police checkpoints more easily than men by concealing explosives under an abaya, a loose, black cloak that conservative Muslim women wear. Suicide bombers have been al-Qaeda’s most lethal weapon in Iraq, killing hundreds of civilians and members of Iraq’s security forces.

Iraqi security forces raided the man’s house in Mandili, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Baghdad, to search for Shahlaa after receiving information that she had ties to the militant group.

They arrested her father, Najim Abd al-Anbaky, on Thursday when he confessed he had killed his daughter and buried her body near his house, said Major Ghalib al-Jubouri, a police spokesman in Diyala province.

“He confessed he killed her when he learned she worked for al-Qaeda and she wanted to blow herself up,” Jubouri said.

The father, described by authorities as a small-time trader of chickens and sheep, led police to her grave in the backyard.

Diyala, a mainly Sunni Arab province with significant Shiite and Kurdish populations, has seen some of the worst violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.