A bomb has fallen from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in
eastern Baghdad because of a “technical problem”, killing at least eight
people and wounding 17.
“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 said.
The pilot tried six times to drop the
bomb, which became stuck while he was carrying out strikes against the
Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, but was unable to dislodge it
“mechanically or manually”, the defence ministry said in a statement.
But the bomb came loose as the plane overflew Baghdad on Monday to land at its base, the ministry said.
governor of Baghdad province, Ali al-Tamimi, called for the Rasheed air
base, where the plane was bound, to be moved to a non-residential area.
Tamimi said he contacted the air force and was told the plane
was returning from the Haditha area in Anbar province, which is
surrounded by IS.
The explosion ripped through small houses in
Baghdad Jadida, tearing down walls, smashing roofs and leaving bricks
and other rubble piled in the street.
“Our house was destroyed,” said Ali Jassem, a 27-year-old interior ministry employee.
said that if an accidental bombing can happen in an area where there is
no fighting, “God knows the extent of the events happening” in combat