Iraqi Jet Accidentally Bombs Baghdad, Kills 12

Russian-made aircraft suffered technical failure, military says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2015 11:24 AM CDT
Iraqi Jet Accidentally Bombs Baghdad, Kills 12
Iraqi security forces search for survivors after a bombing in the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad today.   (Hadi Mizban)

An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood today, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane—one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against ISIS—was returning to base when the accident happened. A military spokesman tells the AP that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb, which hit a number of houses in the Iraqi capital's eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad. Three children and two women were among the 12 killed, a police officer at the scene and a medical official at a nearby hospital say. At least 25 others were wounded, the two officials add, speaking on condition of anonymity.

AP footage from the scene shows rescue teams in orange jumpsuits and blue helmets searching the rubble for victims. At least one victim was seen wrapped in a blanket and being rushed to an ambulance. Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops, with ISIS in control of large swaths 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. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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