Eight accidentally killed by Iraqi warplane

At least eight people killed after bomb dropped accidentally by Iraqi plane on eastern neighbourhood in Baghdad city

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least eight people were killed and 17 wounded after a bomb was accidentally dropped on Monday by an Iraqi plane on an eastern neighbourhood in the city of Baghdad, residents said. Several houses were destroyed by the bomb.

The Sukhoi plane had been executing air strikes on ISIS. After the mission was dont, the plan returned to The Haditha area in Anbar province which is surrounded by ISIS, Iraqi Television said.

"One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during its [the aircraft's] return to base it fell on... houses in Baghdad Jadida," security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Associated Press (AP).

AP reported that three children were among the casualties.

The governor of Baghdad province, Ali al-Tamimi, called for the air base, where the plane was bound, to be moved to a non-residential area, according to AP.

Iraqi air and ground forces alongside the Iranian backed Hashd Shaabi (People’s Mobilization Forces) fighters are fighting ISIS in cooperation with US-led coalition air strikes.

A US-led coalition comprised of 60 countries was formed last September in an attempt to prevent ISIS taking more territory in Iraq and Syria.

On Sunday, Hashd Shaabi fighters and Iraqi army troops cut off a supply route out of the ISIS-controlled city of Falluja, west of Baghdad.

ISIS has also launched attacks against government forces in recent days.

Sukhoi Su-25 jets

Russia and Iran sent a number of Sukhoi Su-25 jets to Iraq last year in order to fight ISIS, which has overrun large parts of the country after taking full control of Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city, last summer.

The Su-25 jets are robust aircraft designed for ground attack missions, but Iraq's Sukhoi warplanes are made up of older planes.

A fleet of 36 F-16 warplanes are due to be sold to Baghdad by the US, but Iraq has not received them yet.

A batch of the planes have been sent to Arizona for training Iraqi F-16 pilots.

One of the Iraqi pilots, Brigadier Rasid Mohammed Sadiq, was killed in a crash during an aerial refuelling exercise last June.

TRTWorld and agencies