Iraqi Jet Accidentally Drops Bomb on Eastern Baghdad Neighborhood, Kills 7 People

A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi Sukhoi jet accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni'iriya, an eastern neighborhood in Baghdad, July 6, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters)
A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi Sukhoi jet accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni’iriya, an eastern neighborhood in Baghdad, July 6, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters)

An Iraqi jet dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least seven people in what the military described as an accident.

A spokesman said the Russian-made Sukhoi jet had a technical failure that caused it to drop the bomb as it returned to base. The resulting blast destroyed several houses and also injured at least 11 people in Baghdad’s Ni’iriya district.

The plane was taking part in airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group, which seized large areas of northern and western Iraq last year.

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SOURCE: VOA News

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