Over 100 die in Iraqi air strikes on Kirkuk

Fatal air strikes believed to be undertaken by Iraqi air force kills more than 100 in Hawija, Kirkuk

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Over a hundred people including women and children were killed and dozens of others were wounded on Thursday in an air strike south of the city of Hawija in Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

Al Jazeera correspondent Nasser Shadid said the shelling targeted a market and bridge in the city center late Thursday.

Local residents said the targeted areas were free of any fighters belonging to ISIS. Locals also believe the aircraft that carried out the bombing was a Russian made "Sukhoi," an Iraqi Air Force vessel.

Residents tried to rescue the injured from the rubble of the buildings targeted by the missiles. According to witnesses, the majority of the victims were killed in the market, which was packed with people at the time of the bombing.

ISIS news sources reported earlier today that more than fifty people were killed and dozens wounded in the bombing of the crowded market.

The bombing of Hawija comes less than a week after a similar bombing hit the city and killed more than seventy people and wounded dozens.

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