Iraqi-American woman slain in US is brought home

The plane that brought Shaima Alawadi`s body home to Iraq was dispatched by Iraq`s Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Updated: Mar 31, 2012, 17:25 PM IST

Najaf: The family of an Iraqi-American woman found bludgeoned to death in her California home last week, with a threatening note left beside her, brought her body to Iraq on Saturday for burial.

A plane carrying the Iraqi-born Shaima Alawadi landed in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad.

Najaf: The family of an Iraqi-American woman found bludgeoned to death in her California home last week, with a threatening note left beside her, brought her body to Iraq on Saturday for burial.

A plane carrying the Iraqi-born Shaima Alawadi landed in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad.

The victim and her family left Iraq in the early 1990s after a failed Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein, living in Saudi Arabian refugee camps before coming to the U.S. Saddam`s troops had hanged Alawadi`s uncle.

The family arrived in the Detroit area in 1993 and later moved to San Diego. Shaima Alawadi was a religious Shiite Muslim who wore a hijab and volunteered at the local mosque.

Bureau Report