Sometimes the forces of evil get punished quickly, cleanly, and without outside agency. Schadenfreude permitted.
A selection of what are sometimes called winners of the Darwin Award:
"AIDS spread among ISIS militants who raped infected Yezidi girl": According to ARA News, an Indonesian member of ISIS passed the AIDS disease to his Yazidi sex slave who then, in the course of being raped by other ISIS members, passed it on to them, including an Egyptian and two Saudis. (June 25, 2015)
"Arab attacker killed by his own rock": An unnamed Palestinian teenager hurled heavy stones at Israeli-owned vehicles along a highway in the West Bank on the evening of January 13, managing to hit one car, driven by a resident of a nearby town, Emmanuel. Israeli paramedics then received a report of an unconscious Arab teen badly wounded by the highway and found he had suffered a serious head injury; their efforts could not save his life and he died soon after. A forensic report showed that the cause of his injury was the stone thrown at the Emmanuel man's car, which hit the tire and bounced back at high speed, hitting the teenager in the head, fatally injuring him. (January 17, 2009)
"Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment": U.S. intelligence found that Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) closed a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, perhaps killing forty or more operatives. It appears the cause of the problem was that a sealed area with biological or chemical substances had been breached. London's Sun reported bubonic plague as the cause but a senior U.S. intelligence officer dismissed that possibility without offering an alternative hypothesis. (January 20, 2009)
مصور صحفي تشتعل فيه النار ويصاب بجروح متوسطة خلال تغطيته لمسيرته في غزة: A report in Filastin al-Yawm tells of a Palestinian cameraman, Abd ar-Rahman al-Khatib, covering a public burning in Gaza of the U.S. and Israeli flags, himself got burned on his face, hands, and feet. (January 30, 2009)
Palestinian cameraman Abd ar-Rahman al-Khatib got burned along witih the U.S. and Israeli flags.
"Terror suspect killed as bomb he was making accidentally explodes": "A suspected member of al-Qaeda was killed Sunday," reports Deutsche Presse Agentur, "when an explosive device he was making went off accidentally in southern Yemen, the defence ministry said. The suspect, identified as Anwar Muhammed al-Taghshi, died instantly as the bomb exploded in his hideout in the al-Wadhea district of the southern province of Abyan, the ministry said in a statement. It said al-Taghshi was on the list of most wanted al-Qaeda members sought by police in Yemen. The suspect 'was preparing the bomb to use it in a terrorist operation when it exploded and killed him instantly'." (May 3, 2009)
"[Crashed] Iran plane was carrying arms for Hezbollah": According to Corriere della Sera, an Iranian Tupolev plane that crashed two weeks ago on its way to Armenia, killing 168, resulted from an explosion of fuses being delivered to Hezbollah. (August 2, 2009)
"Explosion at Islamic school in Indonesia kills 1": Outside the Middle East, yes, but an Islamist tale from Sumbawa Island in central Indonesia, where an instructor showing students how to construct a bomb was apparently killed by a homemade bomb inside an Islamic boarding school. The police found the body of the suspected bomb maker, a 30-year-old man named Firdaus, on a bus it left the school compound. The police also confiscated arrows and machetes; they have taken eleven people for questioning. (July 12, 2011)
"Terrorists Fire in 'Wrong' Direction, Injure Egyptian Woman": A rocket from the Hamas ruled Gaza landed not in southern Israel, as intended, but in a residential neighborhood of Rafah, a city that straddles the border with Egypt. A woman suffered shrapnel wounds and was taken to the local hospital. (August 24, 2011)
"Gaza Terrorist Killed by Own Bomb": Ahmad al-Azameh, 22, a Gaza-based terrorist, was killed by his own bomb while trying to plant the device along the Israel-Gaza security fence separating Israel's southern communities from northern Gaza. (October 10, 2011)
"Rocket Fired From Lebanon at Israel Falls Short, Lebanese Woman Wounded": A rocket sent from Majdal Silim, Lebanon, against Israel, presumably fired by Hizbullah, fell short, hit a home in Houla, Lebanon, a border village, seriously wounding a Lebanese woman and damaging her home. (December 12, 2011)
"Caught in his own blast: an Iranian targeting Israel": Not in the Middle East but carried out by Saeid Moradi, an Iranian in Thailand who was present when a cache of explosives in a safe house detonated. He fled, tried to hail a taxi, but being covered in blood, the taxi driver avoided him. At that point, "he reportedly threw a small explosive device at the car and another at advancing police. While the car was damaged, the second device apparently bounced off a tree and hit the man. His legs were said to have been torn off by the subsequent blast." (Feb. 14, 2012)
"PA Arab throws firebomb at Israeli security forces Tuesday": An unnamed West Bank Arab set himself on fire while attacking Israeli security forces with a firebomb outside Ofer Prison as part of the Palestinian Authority "Prisoners' Day." (April 18, 2012)
"Darwin Award Candidate of The Day": The Associated Press and Agence France Press have each distributed a photograph of a Pakistani Shi'ite today setting the U.S. & Israeli flags on fire, then himself. (May 13, 2012)
A Pakistani Shiite Muslim protestor falls over a fire, while pouring gasoline on representations of US and Israeli flags, during an anti-Israel rally and in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
A Pakistani Shiite Muslim demonstrator (foreground) reacts after losing his balance while setting fire to Israel and US flags during a demonstration marking "Nakba" Day (Catastrophe) in Karachi on May 13, 2012. Palestinians traditionally mark on May 15 the "Nakba" when hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their lands in the war that accompanied Israel's declaration of independence. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images
"America basher's backfire: Killed by flag smoke": Abdullah Ismail, a Pakistani, died on Sep. 17 at Mayo Hospital in Lahore from inhaling the smoke of a burning American flag during an anti-U.S. rally that included an estimated 10,000 protestors. (September 18, 2012)
More dangerous than it appears: protesters burn a U.S. flag in Lahore on Sep. 17.
"20 injured in Gaza City during Fatah rally": Ma'an News Agency reports that
Twenty people were injured in Gaza City on Friday as hundreds of thousands gathered to celebrate Fatah's 48th anniversary, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that 20 people were taken to hospital for treatment after getting crushed among the crowds in al-Saraya square. Several other people suffered electric shocks while trying to attach Fatah flags to electricity poles.
(January 4, 2013)
"Baby boom after Operation Pillar of Defense": This is not instant retribution but something much slower and more positive: Eight months after the Israeli-Hamas war of Nov. 14-21, 2012, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense by the IDF, which had many Israelis staying inside and away from the rackets coming out of Gaza, 24 female municipal employees at Rishon Letzion, which was hit then by rockets for the first time, are about to give birth. (July 18. 2013)
Rishon Letzion women made good use of their having to stay inside eight months earlier.
"Blast near Indian Consulate kills 9 Afghans": Three suicide bombers attacked the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, by ramming their car into a barrier outside the gate. They managed to do no harm to the Indian consular staff but did kill themselves – which is the instant retribution. Tragically, they also killed at least nine Afghan children studying at a nearby Islamic school. (August 3, 2013)
Investigation at the scene of the suicide attack in Jalalabad.
"Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person": The "Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham" organization regrets to announce that it decapitated a fellow jihadi extremist named Mohammed Fares, rather than an enemy fighting on behalf of the Assad regime. Richard Spencer explains in The Daily Telegraph (London):
Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for "understanding and forgiveness" for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man's head. In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.
But the head was recognised from the video as originally belonging to a member of Ahrar al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist rebel group that often fights alongside ISIS though it does not share its al-Qaeda ideology. After inquiries, an ISIS spokesman admitted he was Mohammed Fares, an Ahrar commander reported missing some days ago.
The late Mohamed Fares, a commander of Ahrar al-Sham, decapitated by his ISIS allies.
(November 14, 2013)
Syrian rebel blows self up with RPG: Warning: the self-immolition takes place on camera.
The YouTube title is calls him Free Syrian Army but the many "Allahu Akbar"s make me think he's an Islamist. (December 21, 2013)
"Del Singh: Friend of Islamic terrorists of Gaza - killed by Islamic terrorists in Kabul": Edgar Davidson notes the demise of Dhamender Singh Phangurha (known as Del Singh) while dining at a restaurant in Kabul, killed by a Taliban bomb. Daniel Greenfield then runs with it:
Maybe he wasn't wearing his Gaza marathon t-shirt? ... Del Singh did his best for Muslim terrorists in Israel. Not only did he associate with Labour Friends of Palestine, but he was also a former member of the International Solidarity Movement, better known as I Support Murderers, for their history of involvement in terrorism. "You can call me antisemitic if it makes you feel better but I oppose the current State of Israel and all its stands for," Singh ranted in an old internet comment. ... Sadly Del Singh, while battling the evils of the French and the Jews, appeared to have overlooked the Taliban. Unfortunately for Del Singh, the Taliban didn't overlook him.
Del Singh in Gaza showing his support for terrorists.
(January 19, 2014)
"Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils": In the course of teaching a suicide bombing training class today, an instructor for the Islamist group "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) killed himself and 22 students, plus injured 15 at a location north of Baghdad. As the New York Times report delicately phrases it, the commander "unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives." While there are no pictures of the self-immolation, a cartoon exists that exactly captures its essence. (February 10, 2014)
Life sometime imitates art.
"Hamas 'Work Accident' Kills Terrorist, Injures Nine Others": Hamas reports that an explosion today at a house in the Gaza town of Rafah killed at least one terrorist, Ibrahim al-Ghoul, and wounded nine "during a training session in bomb-making." Comment: Between these blow-ups in Iraq and Gaza there might soon be a shortage of terror instructors. (March 8, 2014)
"Egyptian who led 2011 terror attack near Eilat killed by own bomb": Tawfiq Fareej of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, an Egyptian responsible for the cross-border terrorist raid in August 2011 that lead to the death of eight Israelis, reportedly died when a car crash set off a bomb in his own car. (March 15, 2014)
"Somali Suicide Bomber Kills Self": A suicide car bomber presumably linked group to the Islamist organization al-Shabab prematurely detonated his explosives as he tried to park near a hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killing only himself. (March 15, 2014)
Many terrorists killed preparing a car bomb: At least 29 Syrian rebels died today in a blast in Homs as they prepared a car bomb for an attack. (Apr. 6, 2014)
Hamas bombers bomb themselves: A blast in the southern Gaza Strip killed three members of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades and left four others injured. Hamas sources indicated that they were preparing explosive devices. (May 16, 2014)
Syrian suicide bomber rebel explodes during his funeral: In another unclear case coming out of Syria (see the December 21, 2013 entry above for a first example), what appears to be the funeral procession near Damascus of a white-robed Islamist suicide bomber who got killed before he could self-immolate, he explodes during the funeral, killing many. Warning: Graphic video. (July 1, 2014)
Three men blow themselves up in Egypt: The police in Fayyum report that three individuals were found dead after a huge blast of explosives in what appears to be a weapons factory. (July 4, 2014)
Lebanon rocketeer injures himself: Lebanese Army Intelligence found traces of six Grad rockets in Lebanon directed against Israel about 2 kilometers from the de facto border. According to it, as paraphrased by the Daily Star, one of the rockets "failed to fire and exploded in place, wounding the person handling it. They said traces of blood and a ripped shoe were found at the site." (July 11, 2014)
Hamas knocks out electricity in Gaza: Less lethal but a more widespread injury: a Hamas rocket landed in Kissufim, Israel, where it knocked out the primary wires providing (free!) electricity to 70,000 residents of Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah in Gaza. Although the Israeli government (unbelievable as it sounds) continues to provide electricity to its mortal enemy in Gaza, it decided not to risk the lives of Israel Electric Company employees to fix the power lines. How long will those 70,000 stew? What will their response be? How might this affect the ongoing hostilities? Stay tuned. (July 13, 2014) July 15, 2014 update: Israel blinked first: the government gave permission for IEC technicians, under fire, to restore the power to Gaza. According to an Israel Hayom report, they "were accompanied by Israel Defense Forces soldiers and outfitted with bulletproof vests. They wore special helmets as well to minimize the threat of shrapnel injuries."
"Cairo car bomb kills three": Egyptian state media report that a car blew up from a bomb blast in Giza, killing three. A police officer accused the trio of being en route to carrying out a terrorist operation. (July 30, 2014)
Remains of the Giza car that blew up, killing three.
Hamas member possibly blows self up in a tunnel: Hamas has announced that Al-Qassam Brigade member Ahmad Riyad al-Hadad died during "underground activities," suggesting that he was killed while in one of the organization's terror tunnels. This fits into a context in which Hamas spokesperson Husam Badran stated in August 2014 that "Hundreds of our men were martyred digging the tunnels during the previous lull period. ... The mujahideen of the Al-Qassam Brigades were getting ready in the tunnels." (September 19, 2014)
Mosque worshipers chant death to America, Israel, Jews, get blown up: In Sana'a, the capital of Yemen recently conquered by the Iranian-backed Houthis, the imam at the Houthi al-Hashoosh Mosque today led his congregation in a back-and-forth of toxic slogans:
Imam: "Our belief in Allah will increase after today. We will triumph over their deceit and their arrogance. Allah is with us."
Worshipers: "Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu Akbar."
At this point, a terrorist wandering through the mosque detonated his bomb, killing at least 142 people and wounding 351. Comment: This is the largest instant retribution I have yet documented. (March 20, 2015)
Corpses lie in the Sana'a mosque where toxic sloganeering preceded a bombing.
Two suicide bombers blow themselves up while fighting each other: The Pakistani police suggested this might be a case of divine intervention:
Two would-be suicide bombers have died in Pakistan after an explosive device detonated as they fought each other. ... The two men were killed in an explosion near Khayam Chowk in Sargodha, in the country's Punjab province on Saturday morning. Eyewitnesses claim the men, who were believed to have been wearing suicide vests, were sitting on a bench engaged in discussion before their deaths. It is thought the two men began to fight and an improvised explosive device was triggered.
(June 9, 2015)
Jeep crushes attacker: A violent Palestinian, Abdallah Ghanayem, 21, threw an incendiary device at an Israeli army jeep near Ramallah, which then overturned on top of him, killing Ghanayem. (June 14, 2015)
Palestinian blows himself up: The Jewish Press has some fun at the expense of a failed Palestinian killer:
Not quite making it into the category of suicide bomber, an Arab terrorist was killed when the bomb he was about the throw blew up on him. On Monday evening, around 11:30 PM, Arabs set up an ambush on the road connecting Negohot and Adorayim in the southern Mount Hebron area, according to a Tazpit report. The Arabs piled up rocks onto the road hoping an Israeli driver would crash into them, at which point they would apparently attack the driver directly.
An Israeli driver from Negohot saw the pile of rocks just in time, and managed to swerve around them. He then called in the army. As an IDF jeep arrived, the IDF soldiers heard a loud explosion. Searching the area, the soldiers discovered the remains of an Arab terrorist who was about to throw a bomb at them.
The explosive detonated prematurely.
(September 22, 2015)
Palestinian throws Molotov cocktail, sets himself on fire: A student from Hebron University set his clothing on fire as he threw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli soldiers and border police after Palestinians blocked a main entrance to Hebron. (October 13, 2015)
A Palestinian student sets himself on fire while attacking Israelis.
Palestinian blows himself up in Jerusalem: From a Times of Israel report: "A Palestinian man was killed while attempting to attack Israeli Border Police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis on Saturday night, [Jan. 23,] when the bomb he was carrying apparently exploded prematurely. Initial reports indicated that there were no casualties among the Israeli forces." (January 24, 2016)
Somali blows up airplane, kills only himself: Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, 55, exploded a bomb on an Airbus A321 belonging to Daallo Airlines over Somalia; sadly for him, though, he fell out of the plane to his death while the pilots managed to land the plane with all aboard alive about 20 miles from Mogadishu. Two other passengers were injured in the blast. Borle is suspected of being an Islamist. (February 5, 2016)
Rocketeers in Gaza: An explosion in Nuseirat, Gaza, on March 12 took place when inexperienced militiamen attempted to fire two rockets at southern Israel. Instead, the rockets exploded while still on the launchers. It is not known how many were injured or killed. (March 12, 2016)
Taliban suicide bomber accidentally triggers suicide vest: Shortly after leaving a Taliban base in Dasht-e-Archi, Afghanistan, on the way to Kunduz for a "martyrdom operation," an Islamist set off his explosives. Making matters worse, this triggered other nearby explosives early, killing himself and eight others. (April 27, 2016)
Islamic Jihad operative killed in Gaza "training accident": Mazen Lulu, 30, an Islamic Jihad member, died in an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip on May 2, apparently while training to kill Israelis. In addition, two other trainees were wounded. (May 3, 2016)