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December 26, 2010 - AP
BAGHDAD: An Iraqi man told police he killed his 19-year-old daughter out of shame after he discovered al-Qaeda had recruited her as a suicide bomber.
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 cloak that some conservative Muslim women wear.
The killing of the young woman was discovered when security forces, searching for her on suspicion she had ties to al-Qaeda, raided her father's home outside the former Sunni-insurgent stronghold of Baquba, 60 kilometres north-east of Baghdad, police spokesman Major Ghalib al-Karkhi said.
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The father, Najim al-Anbaky, was detained during the raid.