Mosul suicide bomber was a medical student
- By: Kunal Khanna
The suicide bomber who blew up a mess hall in Mosul was a medical student. Ahmed Said Ahmed al-Ghamdi, aged 20, was identified by the Saudi owned newspaper Asharq—Al-Awsat. He launched the deadly attack in a US mess hall in Mosul, northern Iraq, on 21 December 2004.
As well as blowing himself up, he killed 22 US soldiers, who were eating their lunch, at noon in what was described as one of the bloodiest incidents for the US military since the war began in March 2003. The Saudi medical student attempted to maximise the amount of shrapnel that tore through the crowd by packing ball bearings around a bomb strapped to his body as a vest or backpack.
US officials have said that the bomber slipped past security by dressing in an Iraqi military uniform but that he was not an Iraqi soldier. He was, in fact, a student. Mr