THE first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq reportedly killed three people in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, raising the involvement of local jihadists in the spiralling violence to a chilling new level.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced on an affiliated Twitter feed overnight that a man called Abu Bakr al-Australi had detonated an explosives vest near a Shiite mosque in a market near the middle of the Iraqi capital. More than 90 people were also injured in the blast.
ISIL did not give the man's real name, but most Australian jihadists use "al-Australi" in their nom de guerre, and such official reports by ISIL are usually accurate.
Iraqi forces are still battling the insurgency of ISIL to the north of Baghdad, where ISIL's recent lightning advance has hit a wall. But it has long been feared that ISIL would increasingly take the fight into the capital by sending in suicide bombers.
Notorious Sydney jihadist Mohamed Elomar welcomed the news on his own Twitter account, writing "may Allah accept him".
>> Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald.
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