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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Suicide bombing in northern Iraq kills 5 - 53 wounded

I don't usually post about the specifics of the war in Iraq, but the details of this caught my attention.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle outside a police station in the northern Iraq city of Mosul Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding 53, in the second deadly bombing in the city in a week.

Witnesses said the Toyota Landcruiser raced toward a police checkpoint as guards screamed at the driver to stop. When he didn't, they opened fire, killing him. But the car plowed on and detonated about 20 meters (60 feet) from the police station.

"I was waiting for a taxi when the car approached at high speed," said witness Younis al-Hadidi, 32. "It blew up in the middle of everyone."
There's something about these terrorists having a Toyota Landcruiser that seems so odd to me.

It was also a Toyota SUV that Sgt. James Williams illegally obtainedfor his superior officer, also in Mosul. Sgt. Williams was convicted Thursday.

The Army paid the sheik, from whom the car was taken, $32,000 for his SUV.

Does this seem strange to anyone else? Maybe I'm reading into it more than is there, but terrorists and sheiks driving around Iraq in Toyota SUVs? Where do they get that kind of money?