An attempted ISIS suicide bomber managed to successfully detonate his deadly load of explosives, but he did so at a very inopportune time that resulted in the death of himself as well as 12 comrades.
Somehow, the would be bomber managed to blow himself up and his own going away party, surrounded by family and friends.
According to a report from IraqiNews.com:
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State suicide bomber’s belt exploded prematurely, accidently killing the militant and 12 other comrades in Diyala, according to a top police official.
Diyala police chief Jassem al-Saadi said in a statement that twelve IS militants in Mekheisa region, northeast of Baqubah, were bidding farewell to a comrade who was on his way for a suicide attack. Saadi said that the explosive belt on the bomber’s body went off to kill well-wishers instead.
The incident occurred during what the rite which the group dubs “blood party”, according to Saadi.
Islamic State suicide bombers have escalated suicide and gun attacks against security forces and civilians over the past months as Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, proceed with a major offensive to drive the group out of its main stronghold in Iraq; Mosul.
While ISIS activity has decreased in Iraq from a high point several years ago, the group remains active across the region and still carries out regular attacks against civilians and security forces alike.
Just this week, the group released a video showing two young children executing two prisoners by shooting them in the head.