12 killed Iraqi warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad

At least 12 casualties reported after plane drops bomb over east of city following a "technical" issue, officials said.

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Iran and Russia supplied Iraq with Sukhoi-25 fighters to counter ISIL in 2014 [File: WikiCommons] play

Iran and Russia supplied Iraq with Sukhoi-25 fighters to counter ISIL in 2014 [File: WikiCommons]

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An Iraqi warplane has accidentally dropped a bomb over a residential area of Baghdad after it experienced mechanical failure, the country's defence ministry has confirmed. 

According to officials, a bomb fell from a Russian-made Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet, hitting the New Baghdad neighbourhood of the city and leaving 12 people killed or wounded.

Early reports suggested at least seven of the casualties had been killed.

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

According to the AFP news agency, the jet was coming back from a bombing run when the accident occurred.

Iraq received Sukhoi Su-25 jets from Russia and Iran last year as it sought to bolster its fledgling air force to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has seized large parts of the country.

The US agreed to sell Iraq 36 F-16 warplanes, but none have been delivered so far.

The first batch of the jets has instead been sent to Arizona, where Iraqi F-16 pilots are training.

One of pilots was killed in a crash during an aerial refuelling exercise at the end of June.

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