Iraqi warplane drops bomb in error, kills seven

IRAQ (Next Media) – A bomb that accidentally fell from an Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet in eastern Baghdad on Monday killed at least twelve people, Al Jazeera reported.

Earlier reports said seven people had been killed.

The Iraqi Sukhoi warplane was returning from a bombing run when the accident occurred. One of the jet’s bombs got stuck due to a technical problem and eventually fell onto three houses in the Jadida neighborhood.

The explosion happened not far from Rasheed Air Base.

The Su-25s are robust aircraft designed for ground attack missions. Iraq received the planes from Russia and Iran last year as part of the effort to stop the progress of the Islamic State (IS) after it seized large parts of the country.

The Iraqi fleet however is made up of ageing aircraft which have also already been heavily used by the government against IS. The US has agreed to sell Iraq 36 newer F-16 warplanes, but they have yet to be delivered.

Iraqi F-16 pilots are also being trained in Arizona, where the first batch of the aircrafts was sent.

The explosion comes on the same day as two bombs went off went off in Baghdad. One at a bus stop in the northeastern suburbs, which killed four and wounded nine; another one near a bus stop in the northwestern district of Shulla, which killed three people.

The Islamic State has been in control of large areas in the north and west of Iraq since last year.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:

1. Iraqi Sukhoi warplane flying

2. One bomb being stuck

3. The bomb falling on Jadida

4. A Su-25 on a ground attack mission

5. The Su-25s sent from Russia to Iraq

6. The Iraqi fleet

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The Iraqi Sukhoi warplane was returning from a bombing run when the accident occurred.”

“One of the jet’s bombs got stuck due to a technical problem and fell onto three houses in the Jadida neighborhood.”

“The explosion happened not far from the Rasheed Air Base.”

“The Su-25s are robust aircraft designed for ground attack missions. Iraq received the planes from Russia and Iran last year.”

“The Iraqi fleet however is made up of ageing aircraft which have already been used heavily by the government against the Islamic State.”

SOURCES: AL JAZEERA