Gunmen Attack Bus Filled With Female Iraqi Airline Employees

Gunmen attacked a bus in Baghdad today carrying female employees of Iraqi Airways, killing one woman and injuring fourteen others. The attack comes just two days after Margaret Hassan, who heads Care International’s operations in Iraq, was kidnapped from her car en route to work.

As the violence increases in Iraq, threats against Iraqi women leaders and women working for aid agencies and foreign companies have been escalating in Iraq. Earlier this year, two female Italian aid workers were kidnapped and eventually released. In July, two Iraqi women working with British forces were killed when they were traveling to work, and another two Iraqi women working for the Coalition Provincial Authority were killed by gunmen while driving in a minibus in Baghdad.

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Associated Press 10/21/04; Feminist Daily News Wire October 19, 2004

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