Jordan‘failed bomber’confessed on TV
An Iraqi woman detained Sunday and accused of planning to be the fourth suicide bomber in last week's deadly attacks at Amman hotels confessed her participation in a televised video.
"My husband detonated his bomb, and I tried to detonate mine but failed," Saijida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi said on Jordanian television. "People fled running, and I left running with them."
She stood up to display a belt that she and investigators said she had planned to use in the attacks.
Wearing a white head scarf and black dress, she described with apparent calm her role in a plot to kill herself and others.
Jordanian authorities say al-Rishawi, 35, and her husband, Hussein Ali al-Shamari, went to carry out their bombings at the Radisson hotel. His explosives went off, killing 38 people attending a wedding reception in the ballroom.
Three male bombers and 57 bystanders were killed at three hotels Wednesday.
Authorities said that in addition to al-Rishawi, 12 people have been detained in connection with the investigation.
Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets Sunday, demonstrating against the violence that rocked the capital.
Jordanian authorities say the attacks were carried out by four Iraqis and orchestrated by the terrorist group al Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.