An Isis commander at a terrorist training camp north of Baghdad accidentally detonated a belt packed with explosives during a demonstration in front of a group militants on Monday, killing himself and 21 nearby trainees.
The accident was a source of dark humour for locals, with suicide attacks in public spaces having become an almost daily occurrence in Iraq.
A bomber struck a falafel shop near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad last week, and when told of the bungled training demonstration by the New York Times, Raad Hashim, who works at a liquor store near the site of the bombing, burst out laughing.
“This is so funny,” he said. “It shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs.”
On a more serious note, he added: “It also gives me pain, as I remember all the innocent people that were killed here.”
“This is God showing justice. This is God sending a message 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.