Female suicide bomber kills five outside Baghdad Green Zone

Other News Materials 24 November 2008 10:41 (UTC +04:00)

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up at a checkpoint outside the Green Zone in central Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least five people and wounding 12 others, an Interior Ministry source said.

A woman wearing an explosive-belt blew herself up at a checkpoint manned by Iraqi security forces outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Our first reports said that five killed and 12 injured, including security members," the source said.

Suicide attacks carried out by women and girls have become increasingly common in Iraq in recent months. The U.S. military says that the al-Qaida insurgents prefer using female bombers because they can easily escape detection as the Iraqi police are reluctant to search them.

Insurgents frequently targeted the Green Zone, which houses some Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. one. The roughly 10 square km area is located on the west bank of the Tigris River which bisects the Iraqi capital.