Story of ISIS Bombing Instructor Blowing Up Class Is Just a Rewrite from February (UPDATED)


UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Belfast Telegraph has since deleted the story.

This story from the Belfast Telegraph is getting passed around Twitter at a mile a minute:

Not hard to see why: A suicide bombing teacher blowing up his own class, and thus taking out a whole pocket of future suicide bombers, carries with it an inherent sense of ironic justice. It also did so back in February, when the incident actually occurred. The Telegraph article, which has today’s date, appears to describe an incident covered by the New York Times on February 10. The incidents occurred in the same location, with the same sequence of events, and the same body count.

Today’s article:

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 Times article from February:

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.

Even the quotes are the same. Belfast Telegraph:

The Times:

Belfast Telegraph:


The Belfast piece appears to be an aggregation of the date of the original Times article, under the belief that it happened on August 10, not February.

So there’s no epidemic of suicide bombing instructors blowing up their own classes; those looking for ironic justice will have to settle for just the one.

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