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Iraqi Woman on Trial for Jordan Bombings


Trial began in Amman Monday, for an Iraqi woman charged with taking part in a triple bomb attack that killed 60 people in the Jordanian capital last year.

Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi was captured when her explosives belt failed to detonate during the suicide attack at three hotels on November 9.

Al-Rishawi, whose husband blew himself up in the bombings, is the only defendant in custody. Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the accused mastermind of the attacks, and others were charged in absentia.

Al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at foreign visitors but wound up killing mostly Jordanians.

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