Qaeda leader suicide bombs himself and family in Iraq
An al-Qaeda leader has suicide bombed himself, his wife and two children following a skirmish with the Iraqi troops, an Iraqi official said.
Ahmad al-Zarkoushi, the administrative director of al-Saadiya district, said two explosive belts were blown up simultaneously as the troops were about to storm the Qaeda leader's house.
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"He killed himself, his wife and two children, aged 5 and 15," Zarkhoushi said.
The explosion took place as the troops were ordered to enter the house and seize the unidentified leader alive.
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"The Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda has been pursuing new tactics which call on operatives to commit suicide before being taken prisoner.
"The tactic has been adopted to escape jail in Iraq and interrogation that might divulge the terror group's secrets," Zarkhoushi said.
Certain parts of the Province of Diyala, of which Baaquba is the capital, are still believed to be among the few remaining strongholds of Qaeda in the country.
Diyala was for several years after the 2003-U.S. invasion Qaeda's major base in Iraq.
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