Tidligere het det: den første kvinnelige professor, advokat, det første land som ga kvinner stemmerett osv. Nå heter det: den første kvinnelige selvmordsbomber. Verden går i revers.
MIREILLE, who was born in Belgium to a white, middle-class Christian family, blew herself to pieces last month in a suicide attack against American troops near Baghdad.
In one of the most extraordinary tales of Islamic radicalisation, she is thought to be the first white Western woman to carry out a suicide bombing.
Belgian investigators, who arrested 14 people associated with her, are keeping the 38-year-old woman’s true identity secret, but details have started to emerge. She was from the southern Belgian town of Charleroi, married to a Moroccan and converted to an extreme form of Islam.
Security sources said that they knew of no other western European women suicide bombers. Al-Qaeda recently appealed for white converts to become suicide bombers, because it was easier for them to travel and evade detection before carrying out their attacks.
Nyhetsmeldingene kunne igår fortelle at 14 ble arrestert i Belgia i forbindelse med Mireilles selvmordsaksjon. Det het at sju var belgiere, uten noen nærmere forklaring. Ikke at de var av utenlandsk opprinnelse. Så viser det seg at sju var konvertitter. Et høyt tall. En gruppe er dannet som støtter selvmordsaksjoner der flertallet er vesteuropeere av kaukasisk avstamning.
The backgrounds of those arrested show that the problem of Islamic terrorism is no longer confined to immigrant communities — seven of those arrested were Muslim converts of native Belgian origin, two were Belgians of north African origin, two were Tunisians and three were Moroccans. One of the chief suspects held yesterday was a male Belgian convert to Islam, police said. «We know these groups are always planning attacks. All we can say is there were no attacks planned in Europe.»