Police in Belgium and France yesterday arrested 15 suspected militants believed to be linked to a Belgian woman who carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq last month.
The 38-year-old convert to Islam blew herself up on Nov 9 on the outskirts of Baghdad in what security sources believe was the first suicide attack involving a European woman.
More than 200 heavily-armed officers raided addresses in Brussels and three other Belgian cities in the early hours of the morning. They arrested 14 people in an attempt to shut down the suspected network which smuggled the unnamed woman into Iraq.
The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said that two Tunisians and three Moroccans were among those arrested, while police also seized documents.
The fifteenth suspect, a Tunisian, was arrested near Paris.
The man, who was not previously known to police, was taken into custody because he knew the husband of the suicide bomber.
The husband, a Moroccan, is also believed to have died in Iraq, reportedly after being shot by American soldiers….
She is thought to have been taken to Iraq overland via Turkey by her husband, a Muslim extremist.
Her suicide mission targeted an American military convoy but she only succeeded in killing herself.