Belgian suicide bomber update. “Bomber more ‘Muslim than Muslim,'” from the Daily Telegraph, with thanks to Twostellas:
INVESTIGATORS probing a suicide bombing by a Belgian woman in Iraq are holding five people thought to be connected with her on suspicion of participating in terrorist activities, a spokesman said.
The 38-year-old convert to Islam, nicknamed by Belgian media as the Belgian kamikaze, blew herself up on November 9 on the outskirts of Baghdad.
Security sources believe it was the first suicide attack in Iraq by a European woman.
The woman was identified by media as Muriel Degauque.
In a newspaper interview she was described by her mother as being a runaway who dabbled in drugs before becoming “more Muslim than Muslim” when she married a Belgian of Moroccan descent….
The mother said Muriel’s connection with Islam began in 2000 when she became involved with North African men and eventually married a Belgian of Moroccan descent, whom she blamed for “brainwashing” her daughter.
“She became more Muslim than Muslim,” she said. “When she first converted, she wore a simple veil. That was not so far from normal even if it is strange for a Belgian. But, with her last husband … she wore a chador.”
A chador is a head-to-toe dress worn by devout Muslim women.
“The religion was totally ingrained in her. She only lived for that. She had learned Arabic,” she said….
The mother said she had not expected Muriel to go as far as blowing herself up in Iraq.
“I did not see it coming. She was very secretive, with a very independent character. I am angry at those who manipulated her,” she said.
We will all need to see it coming. We will all need to be aware of what a convert to Islam might be taught — and PC sensitivities will have to take the hindmost.