In recent decades the female terrorist has played an important stategic role in suicide terrorism across the regions Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Israel,
Lebanon, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. They have been effective in causing injury and death, more so than there their
male counterparts because women generate less suspicion; they are better able to conceal explosives; and they are subjected to more relaxed
Women do not conform to the sterotype terrorist as the Western world perceives. Some British reports have woman concealing large amounts of
explosives under loose fitting clothing and a 2003 russian investigative report, Kommersant-Vlast, revealed that a female suicide bomber easily avoids
“The terrorists know there are sensitivities about making intimate body searches of women, particularly Muslim women, and thus you can see why
some groups might be planning to use a female bomber. Hiding explosives in an intimate part of the body means even less chance of detection.”
Mia Bloom, “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bomber,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (November/December 2005).
Terror groups realise the advantage of using females to avoid counterterrorism measures. These would be the Syrian Socialist National Party (SSNP) and
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka; the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey; Chechen separatist groups such as
Riyadh-as-Saliheen in Russia; insurgents in Iraq; Al- Qaeda in Somalia; the Islamic Jihad Group in Uzbekistan; Kashmiri insurgents in India; Afghan
and Pakistani militants; Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Palestine.
Chechnya’s notorious “Black Widows” have been active since June 7, 2000 when the first Chechen female suicide bombers, Khava Barayeva,
cousin of well-known Chechen field commander Arbi Barayev, and Luisa Magomadova drove a truck filled with explosives into the temporary headquarters
of an elite OMON (Russian Special Forces) detachment in the village of Alkhan Yurt in Chechnya
Black Widows: The Chechen Female Suicide
Terrorists, Anne Speckhard and Khapta Akhmedova.
Now what are the motives behind the actions of Samantha Lewthwaite. A reports attempt to explain what she did and how she did it but not WHY. Is it
for revenge, money or something else. Regardless she is now the new poster child for terrorism.
What’s Special about Female Suicide Terrorism?,LINDSEY A. O’ROURKE
Black Widows: The Chechen Female Suicide Terrorists, Anne Speckhard and Khapta Akhmedova
The Rising Importance of Women in Terrorism and the Need to Reform Counterterrorism Strategy: A Monograph by MAJ Marne L. Sutten, 2009
28-9-2013 by Tindalos2013 because: typos from space meddling.