An Iraqi would-be suicide bomber confessed on Jordanian TV to failing to detonate one of the Amman hotel bombs
The fourth bomber, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, was captured alive by Jordanian police four days after her husband and two other Iraqi suicide bombers killed 57 people in three hotels. She appeared in a white head scarf, black gown and the disabled bomb tied around her waist. “My husband wore a belt and I wore another. He told me how to use it,” she confessed. Her capture was announced Sunday, Nov. 13 by King Abdullah.
debkafile: Her testimony and Jordan’s deputy prime minister Marwan Muasher report conflicted with the third al Qaeda communique on the attacks on several points.
Dep. prime minister Marwan Muasher said Sunday, Nov. 13, she was also the sister of Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, a senior aide to Abu Musab al Zarqawi who was killed in Falujja.
Addressing a news conference in Amman, Muashar identified all the three Iraqi bombers, as Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, from Anbar province, Rawad Jassem Mohammed Abed, 23 and Sefaa Mohammed Ali, 23.
The dep. prime minister said the husband and wife, dressed for a party, entered the ballroom at the Radisson where a wedding reception was taking place wearing explosive belts under their cloths. When her husband al-Shamari saw his wife struggling with the primer cord, he told her to leave and then detonated his own. All four were said to have entered Jordan by car on Nov. 5 and rented an apartment in Amman. They took taxis to their targets, the Radisson, the Grand Hyatt and Days Inn.
Zarqawi’s al Qaeda in Iraq’s third communique reported that the husband and wife time both blew themselves – and at the Days Inn hotel, not the Radisson. They were also described as detonating a bomb car. The group, said al Qaeda, had spent a month in Amman checking out targets.
At the outset of the investigation, Jordanian officials confirmed finding the remains of three males believed to be the attackers – but not a woman.
Of the 57 victims killed in the attacks two were Americans, 27 Palestinians including two Palestinian Authority intelligence officers, one Israeli businessman from Umm al Fahm, as well as 6 Iraqis, 2 Bahrainis, at least two Chinese, one Indonesian and one Saudi. Not all the dead have been identified.