For the first time this year, Iraq was newsworthy enough to attract simultaneous coverage by the Baghdad reporter of all three newscasts. The news was a double bombing of the city's outdoor pet markets, killing at least 70 people, perhaps 90. NBC's Richard Engel called the attack "one of the most cruel since the start of the war." Engel said the explosion was caused by two women wearing dynamite-and-ball-bearing vests "on a suicide mission." ABC's Hilary Brown (embargoed link) called them "severely mentally handicapped" and speculated that the women were not suicidal but had been murdered too, by remote control, "perhaps duped into the attacks." CBS' Jeff Glor focused on their gender. In Iraq, male police officers frisk men to search for explosives and female police officers frisk women. Yet since the police academy was transferred by US forces to local control, the training of women to become police officers has stopped. Women already in uniform "are constantly being forced off the job." The upshot is that using women as bombers is "a growing insurgent trend."
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