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Iraqi woman gets death sentence over Amman bombings

Published 21/09/2006

A 35-year-old Iraqi woman has been sentenced to death in connection with last November's triple suicide bombing in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Sajida al-Rishawi was arrested shortly after the attacks on Western hotels in the city, one of which was carried out by her husband.

She later confessed that she was supposed to carry out a fourth suicide attack, but her explosives failed to detonate.

Sixty people were killed in the bombings, which were orchestrated by the group calling itself al-Qa'ida in Iraq.

Another six people, including a second Iraqi woman, were also convicted in absentia and sentenced to death today in connection with the blasts.

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