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Iraq: Suicide bombing tutor kills himself and 20 pupils in training camp gaffe

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Iraq: Suicide bombing tutor kills himself and 20 pupils in training camp gaffe

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A suicide bombing instructor killed himself and 20 of his pupils in Iraq when he accidentally set off explosives during a training session, it’s emerged.

The incident happened at an insurgents’ camp near Samarra, around 100km north-west of the capital Baghdad.

The commander, according to the New York Times, unwittingly used a belt of live explosives in a demonstration on Monday. He killed himself and 21 other members of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), police officials said.

It comes with Iraq in the midst of its bloodiest period since the sectarian civil war of 2006-2007. Nearly 9,000 people were killed last year and 1,000 last month.

ISIS, an extremist group linked to al-Qaeda, ran the camp in what is a Sunni area of Iraq. The group also operates over the border in war-torn Syria.