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Iraqi jet drops bomb over Baghdad

Published 06/07/2015

A technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb, officials said
A technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb, officials said

An Iraqi fighter jet has accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighbourhood, killing at least 12 people on the ground, officials said.

The Russian-made plane - one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against Islamic State - was returning to base when the accident happened.

A technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb, which hit a number of houses in the capital's eastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad, military spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan Ibrahim said.

Three children and two women were among the 12 killed, a police officer at the scene and a medical official at a nearby hospital said.

At least 25 others were wounded, the officials added.

Footage from the scene shows rescue teams in orange jumpsuits and blue helmets searching through the rubble for victims.

Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops, with IS in control of large swathes of the country's territory in the north and the west following a blitz last year when the Sunni militants captured Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul and the majority of the western Anbar province.

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