At least 21 Iraqi militants were killed by their own bomb earlier today.
According to BBC, an explosive-filled vehicle in an insurgent compound unexpectedly detonated during a training session. Insurgents were planning to detonate the car on a major road in Samarra and film the explosion as part of a propaganda video. 21 people died and another 12 were injured.
Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene after hearing the explosion and arrested the 12 injured militants as well as 10 others who were trying to flee.
In other Iraq news, parliamentary speaker Osama al-Nujaifi narrowly escaped an assassination attempt today. A roadside bomb detonated as al-Nujaifi’s motorcade drove by. One of his security guards was injured in the explosion.
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Sectarian violence has been on the rise in Iraq since 2011. Last year, 7,818 civilians were killed in insurgent attacks. That total is the highest since 2007. In January alone, 614 citizens were killed from similar attacks.
Though concrete figures are hard to come by, it is estimated that between 100,000 and 1,000,000 Iraqi civilians have died from wartime activities since 2003. 4,486 U.S. soldiers died in the country during that same time span.