al Qaeda “wheelchair Bomber” in Iraq

25 February 2008: A man with explosives hidden in his wheelchair detonated his deadly bomb inside an Iraqi police operations center earlier today, killing a top policeman and wounded four others. The attack occurred in the Iraqi city of Samarra, and was believed to have been carried out by the Islamic terror organization al Qaeda in Iraq.

According to police and U.S. military reports, the man entered the police operations center located about 60 miles north of Baghdad and asked to speak to assistant police chief Major-General Abdul-Jabbar Rabee Muttar. Based on intelligence reports, the homicide bomber met with Muttar on at least one previous occasion, although the nature of their meeting was not known.

The assistant police chief was beheaded by the blast.