This Monday Feb. 10th a suicide bomb trainer in Baghdad accidentally blew up his entire terrorist class. According to Iraqi officials, the instructor was teaching a class of terrorists at a camp north of Baghdad how to use a belt packed with explosives. The class concluded when the instructors’ belt detonated killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State.
Although to most this incident would be considered a tragic accident, Iraqi citizens almost celebrated the occasion and feel like justice is being served. An employee of the Baghdad liquor store said, “This is so funny, it shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs.” The man continued in saying, “This is God showing justice and sending a massage to the bad people and the criminals in the world, to tell them to stop the injustice and to bring peace. Evil will not win in the end. It’s always life that wins over death.”
Other citizens pronounced their emotions as “happy and well” when hearing of the tragic accident. One man relayed the story as “happy as if he was getting married.” Such reactions of citizens were almost shocking to officials and reporters. Then again – after years of public bombings and attacks, it may have been refreshing to see the terrorist experience a taste of their own medicine.
While several terrorist camps remain in the mountainous areas of Diyala Province, suicide attacks continue to threaten the safety of citizens and even those in the camps. Following this attack, stores of other explosives, including explosives packed in 10 vehicles, ready for operations, were found at the camp, as well as heavy weapons, the officials said.