Gender equality update: “Rebels Dressed as Women Attack Iraqi Police Station,” from the New York Times, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 5 – Insurgent attacks across central Iraq, including one in which the guerrillas disguised themselves as women, left at least 16 dead on Friday as Shiite Arabs across the country began celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In the deadliest assault, insurgents dressed in women’s clothing attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Buhriz, 35 miles north of Baghdad, killing at least 6 police officers and wounding at least 10 others, American and Iraqi officials said. The guerrillas were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, and pulled up in five cars, an Interior Ministry official said. The police officers killed at least two of the gunmen, he added.
Maj. Steven Warren, a spokesman for the Third Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, which is charged with controlling western Diyala Province, said the insurgents were disguised as women.