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Woman Sentenced to 320 Years in Bombing

October 24, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian woman to 320 years in prison for her role in an attack by a suicide bomber at a Jerusalem pizzeria that killed 15 others, one a U.S. citizen.

According to a transcript of the trial, Jordanian-born Ahlam Tamimi, 23, was the first woman to be recruited by Izzidin al-Qassam, the military wing of the radical Hamas organization.

The prosecution said she helped plan the Aug. 9, 2001, bombing of the packed Sbarro restaurant and escorted the suicide bomber to the site.

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