A Baghdad mental hospital administrator has been arrested on suspicion of supplying mentally ill patients to insurgents for use in suicide bombings, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
The interim administrator at al-Rashad psychiatric hospital was arrested Sunday and was being questioned in U.S. custody, said the spokesman, Rear Adm. Greg Smith.
The arrest was part of the investigation into double suicide bombings Feb. 1 in Baghdad, which claimed at least 99 lives and was the worst such attack in the capital in months.
Iraqi authorities announced within hours of the blasts that the perpetrators were teenage girls with Down's syndrome who may have been unwilling participants. U.S. authorities now think that version of events was inaccurate.
A senior American official, who asked not to be named because he wasn't authorized to discuss the case publicly, said U.S. investigators now think the bombers were adults - one in her 20s, the other in her 30s - with long histories of psychiatric conditions including depression and schizophrenia.
The administrator who's being questioned is suspected of using his access to patient records and possibly providing them to Islamic extremists, the official said.