The Iraqi instructor was teaching a class at a camp in the Sunni region of the country, north of Baghdad, when the bomb was detonated. A total of 21 suicide bombers in training were killed. Those who died were part of a group formerly linked to al-Qaeda.
For years, citizens in Iraq have been enduring an onslaught of violence from Islamic militants. In 2013, nearly 9,000 people were killed in the country while roughly 1,000 Iraqis were killed just last month alone.
According to The New York Times, liquor storekeeper Raad Hashim shared his relief over the death of the 22 men, which he believes would have assuredly led to the murders of countless Iraqis and Syrians should the incident have not occurred.
“What happened today was not death, but it was life to us,” Hashim said. “Those 22 who were killed today might have killed hundreds of Iraqis, hundreds of innocent souls. May they burn in hell.”
Hashim, who initially burst out laughing at the news, went on to state how the suicide bombers’ violence has devastated the country.
“This is so funny. It shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs,” he said, before acknowledging that the accident also gave him “pain, as I remember all the innocent people that were killed here.”
Hashim attributed the act to God, citing that a message was being sent to bring an end to the violence.
“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,” said Hashim.
Islamic terrorism is used to advance political and religious ideologies in the name of Allah and is rooted in various doctrine and teachings of the Qur’an.