Egyptian cleric Hashem Islam Ali Islam said recently: "I say to people who object to martyrdom operations that martyrdom operations are among the deeds most pleasing to Allah." Even at mourning ceremonies.
"Suicide bombing kills 45 in Yemen," from AFP, August 5 (thanks to Kristian):
ADEN: A suicide bombing in south Yemen blamed on al Qaeda killed 45 people, local officials said on Sunday, as residents voiced fears that a lack of security personnel on the ground will allow the jihadists to return....
The bomber struck on Saturday in Jaar, one of a string of towns in Abyan province that were retaken by government troops in June after being held by al Qaeda loyalists for more than a year.
“An al Qaeda suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt during a mourning ceremony organised by the Popular Resistance Committees,” a local militia that fought alongside the army, said provincial governor Jamal al-Aqal.
“Bodies were flying in all directions because the explosion was so powerful,” a witness said.
An official at Razi hospital in Jaar said it received the bodies of 24 of those killed, while medics said 12 people had died of their wounds in three hospitals in the main southern city Aden.
Relatives took the bodies of six of the dead directly from the scene of the attack for burial, local official Mohsen bin Jamila told AFP.
Later on Sunday, Jamila told AFP that “three of the wounded have succumbed to their wounds,” raising the overall death toll to 45.