Tuesday, January 20, 2004

"Purify"

A Palestinian woman who carried out a recent suicide bombing did so to "purify" herself of adultery.

A Palestinian mother of two small children, who killed four Israelis by blowing herself up at a border crossing, carried out the suicide bombing to atone for having committed adultery.

The attack last week marked the first time the militant group Hamas had used a female bomber, part of an evolving belief that women who are disgraced by sexual activity outside marriage can "purify" themselves by becoming "martyrs," Israeli security officials said.


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