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P.A. Honors Murderer of U.S. Troops

Four American soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber driving a car bomb in Iraq yesterday - and the Palestinian Authority, world leader in producing such suicide murderers, renamed a central square in his honor.
First Publish: 3/30/2003, 4:17 PM

Four American soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber driving a car bomb in Iraq yesterday - and the Iraqi Vice President has warned that that's "only the beginning." The attacker, dressed in civilian clothes, drove a taxi to a checkpoint near the city of Najaf, waved to the soldiers, and then detonated his bomb as they approached. The Iraqi government awarded the suicide murderer, a soldier in the Iraqi army, two posthumous medals for his act, as well as the equivalent of $35,000 for the terrorist's family.

The Palestinian Authority, world leader in producing such suicide murderers, showed its admiration for the attack by renaming the main square in a Jenin neighborhood in the northern Shomron in memory of the murderer.

Also yesterday near Basra, two Iraqis flagged down several U.S. soldiers and said they were members of the Saddam Fedayeen paramilitary group and had been ordered to conduct suicide bombings against U.S. and British troops. A CNN correspondent who saw the incident said that the Iraqis told the Americans they had taken off their uniforms and wanted to surrender because they did not want to die for Saddam Hussein.

In Kuwait today, between 10-15 American soldiers were injured when a truck ran them down near an American army base. U.S. Commander Tommy Franks called it an "attack, not an accident."