Amman bombing: Mother of bride dies of wounds

The mother of the bride whose wedding was devastated in the Amman suicide bombings died of her wounds on Thursday. Hala al-Faroukah died due to severe injuries to her spinal cord, which stopped her respiratory system from functioning, said a doctor at Amman Surgical Hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity. She was in her late fifties. The bride and groom, Ashraf and Nadia Akhras, survived the explosion without injury. But 17 relatives of Ashraf were killed, including his father, and Nadia lost 11 family members, including her parents. Her death brings the number of people killed in the November 9 attacks at three Amman hotels to 62, including the three bombers. The al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, which is led by the Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.