Failed woman suicide bomber confesses on Jordan TV wearing bomb belt says 3 hotels targetted by Al Qaeda
November 13, 2005
Iraqi Sajida Mubarek Atrous al-Rishawi confesses on Jordanian state run TV. Sunday Nov. 13, 2005 about her failed bid to set off an explosives belt inside one of the three Amman hotels targeted by al-Qaida. Fifty-seven people were killed on Wednesday's attack on three Amman hotels. (AP Photo/Jordanian TV) (MIM: She is wearing a disabled bomb belt.)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- The following is CNN's translation of the confession of Saijida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, aired on Jordanian television after she was detained Sunday.
"My name is Saijida Mubarak Atrous, born in the 70s. I am an Iraqi national. I reside in Ramadi.
"On November 5, I accompanied my husband to Jordan carrying a fake Iraqi passport.
"His was under the name of Ali Hussein Ali, and mine was Saijida Abdel Kader Latif.
"We waited in Iraq, and a white car picked us up. There was a driver and a passenger.
We entered Jordan together. My husband is the one who organized everything. I don't know anything else.
"We rented an apartment. My husband wore an explosive belt and put one on me. He taught me how to use it.
"The targets were hotels in Jordan. We took a car, and we went on November 9 to a hotel.
"There was a wedding ceremony in the hotel. There were women, men and children.
"My husband took a corner and I took another one.
"My husband detonated his bomb, and I tried to detonate mine but failed.
"People fled running, and I left running with them."
Iraq woman confesses on Jordan TV
AMMAN, Jordan Nov 13, 2005 — Strapped with a disabled explosives belt, an Iraqi woman arrested Sunday confessed on television to trying to blow herself up with her husband in one of three suicide attacks earlier this week that killed 57 people.
The 35-year-old woman the sister of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's right-hand man who was killed by U.S. forces in Iraq appeared on Jordanian state TV hours after she was captured by security forces who were tipped off by an al-Qaida claim that a husband-and-wife team participated in Wednesday's bombings.
Looking nervous and wringing her hands, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, described how she failed to blow herself up during a wedding reception at the Radisson SAS hotel on Wednesday night after struggling with the cord on her explosive belt.
"My husband wore an (explosives-packed) belt and put one on me. He taught me how to use it," al-Rishawi said, wearing a white head scarf, a black gown and a disabled bomb belt tied around her waist.
"My husband detonated (his bomb) and I tried to explode my belt but it wouldn't," she said. "People fled running and I left running with them."
Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said the belt she wore in the broadcast was the same one she tried to use in the attack. "The vest was caught with her," he told CNN.
Her husband, Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, 35, was identified Sunday as one of three Iraqi men who carried out the bombings. The Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels also were bombed.
Muasher said the confession offered further proof that the attacks were the work of al-Qaida in Iraq, which has claimed responsibility.
Muasher said the woman was wearing two vests, one packed with explosives and the other with ball bearings to inflict maximum damage. "This technique was used in all three of the attacks," he told CNN.
He said authorities hoped the broadcast of the details provided in the broadcast confession would offer some solace to Jordanians shocked by the attacks and he promised the woman would get a fair trial.