- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sixteen terrorists died in Iraq last week when a would-be suicide bomber’s explosive vest accidentally detonated during a meeting outside Kirkuk.

Senior ISIS leaders in the village of al-Mahaws died before an attack on Iraqi Security Forces because of a man’s faulty suicide vest.

The development is one more bit of bad news for the Sunni terror group, which is preparing for an imminent attack on its Mosul stronghold by Iraqi forces, and reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been poisoned.

“A number of the ISIS members were wearing explosive belts during the meeting, and the explosion took place due to a defect in one of them,” Al-Masdar News reported quoted Iraqi media Sept. 29. “The meeting was held to prepare for an attack on the positions of the security forces in Hamrin Mountains, al-Zawiya area and Ajil area in Salahuddin Province.”

A similar blast killed seven terrorists in a madrassa in Afghanistan earlier in the year, the Daily Mail reported Feb. 25. The Mastofi village explosion was confirmed by Ahmad Fahim Amiree, spokesman for the regional police headquarters in central Ghanzi province.

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