12 dead, 25 wounded after Iraqi fighter accidentally bombs Baghdad
A Russian-built Sukhoi Su-25 belonging to the Iraqi Air Force accidentally bombed a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12, including two women and three children, and injuring some 25 people on the ground. The accident is being blamed on a mechanical failure, Military Times reports.
"One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during [the aircraft's] return to base it fell on three houses in Baghdad Jadida," Brigadier General Saad Maan told Yahoo! News. According to the same Yahoo! story, the jet was returning to Rasheed air base following a bombing mission, presumably against the Islamic State.
The Su-25 is a much different beast than the better-known Su-27 fighter, in that it's largely focused on rugged reliability and is used primarily for ground attacks. That said, the Iraqi fleet of Su-25s, believed to include 12 aircraft, are getting rather long in the tooth. The aircraft were provided by both Russia and Iran.
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