A teenage Iraqi girl has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for attempting to blow herself up at a checkpoint in north-eastern Iraq, but questions remain as to whether she was victim or villain.
Rania Ibrahim was sentenced in a juvenile court on Sunday for the attempted attack in August 2008 on Iraqi forces near the town of Baquba, about 40 miles north of Baghdad, a provincial judge, Zaid Khalaf, said today.
The incident was captured in dramatic police footage that was seen around the world on the internet, but conflicting accounts surrounded her arrest from the outset. US officials said the 15-year-old turned herself in after being wired up to the explosives against her will, while Iraqi police said she was caught by a patrol after arousing suspicion while walking in Baquba town centre.
After her arrest, a video of Ibrahim's confession was released to the media.
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