In January an ambulance was used as a car bomb in Iraq. It is one more tragic datapoint showing that health is often exploited by combatants for military advantage:
At least 12 people have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated an ambulance packed with explosives outside a security headquarters in central Iraq, officials said.
Another 55 people were said to be wounded in the attack on Wednesday.
The attack occurred at around 10am, in the middle of the ethnically-mixed city of Baquba, north of the capital Baghdad.
The blast occurred near the front gate of the Facilities Protective Services compound, which
houses the local headquarters and training grounds for the Iraqi security force tasked with guarding government buildings.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.