Terrorist Suicide Bombing Trainer Blows Up Self And StudentsCourtesy: US Defense Department
In what local Iraqis are referring to as poetic justice, a suicide bombing instructor in Iraq accidentally blew up himself as well as his class of students. Apparently, the trainer broke the number one rule of suicide bomber training: don’t use live ammunition! Many Iraqis, who deal with suicide bombings on a daily basis, find it as a sign from God and, understandably, feel little sympathy for the trainer and students.
If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives.
In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.
Iraqi citizens have long been accustomed to daily attacks on public markets, mosques, funerals and even children’s soccer games, so they saw the story of the fumbling militants as a dark — and delicious — kind of poetic justice, especially coming amid a protracted surge of violence led by the terrorist group, including a rise in suicide bombings.