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Jordan shows 'would-be bomber'
Suspected would-be bomber Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi on Jordanian TV
Mrs Rishawi said she could not get her bomb to detonate
An Iraqi woman suspected of being a failed suicide bomber from the Amman hotel attacks which killed 57 people has made an apparent confession on TV.

Police say the woman is the wife of one of three Iraqi male suicide bombers who attacked the three hotels, and that she too had wanted to blow herself up.

"My husband wore one [bomb] belt and I another - he told me how to use it," Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi said.

What appeared to be a deactivated bomb belt was also shown on Jordanian TV.

The woman, dressed in a traditional black Islamic gown and white headscarf, said she had taken part in the attack on the Radisson SAS hotel, where most of the victims were killed when a blast ripped through a wedding reception.

"We went into the hotel," the woman continued.

"He [my husband] took one corner and I took another. There was a wedding in the hotel. There were women and children.

"My husband executed the attack. I tried to detonate and it failed.

"I left. People started running and I started running with them."

'Zarqawi connection'

According to the televised confession, Mrs Rishawi arrived in Jordan with her husband on forged passports four days before the bombings.

The alleged bomb is shown off on Jordanian TV
Jordan says the bomb belt was packed with ball bearings
Two other people accompanied them into the country, after picking them up in a car in Iraq.

"My husband organised it," she said.

"In Jordan we rented a flat. He had two explosive belts. He put one on me and he wore one himself and showed me how to use it. He said we are attacking hotels in Jordan."

The woman is also believed to be the sister of a key aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born fugitive believed to run the al-Qaeda in Iraq militant group.

The aide, Mubarak Atrous Rishawi, was killed by US forces in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Falluja.

'Ball bearings'

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the hotel attacks.

Jordan is at the forefront of the war against terror and this tragic incident has only bolstered our resolve
Ibrahim, Amman, Jordan

The three dead bombers have been identified as Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, from Anbar province, Rawad Jassem Mohammed Abed, 23, and Safaa Mohammed Ali, 23.

Mrs Rishawi, 35, was married to Shamari.

Earlier this week, an internet statement attributed to al-Qaeda in Iraq named four bombers it said had carried out the Amman attacks, naming them as Abu Khabib, Abu Muaz, Abu Omaira and Om Omaira.

Speaking at a news conference, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher showed reporters photographs of a suicide bomb belt packed with ball bearings that the would-be bomber was said to have been wearing at the time of the attacks.

Jordanian TV also showed pictures of a bomb trigger.

1. Vehicle explodes outside hotel after being stopped at a police checkpoint
2. In the most deadly attack, a bomb destroys a banquet room where a wedding reception was being held. Dozens injured by shrapnel
3. Suicide attacker detonates bomb in hotel bar, just before 2100 local time. Two senior Palestinian officials are among the dead


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