Suicide bomb instructor in Iraq accidentally blows up his class

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by Howard Portnoy

Himself, too, natch. I nominate this the feel-good story of the day.

Even the freedom-fighter-friendly New York Times seems to have trouble suppressing a laugh over this … er — workplace glitch:

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.

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