Iraq strike leaves 40 Iraqi civilians dead by mistake
At least 40 civilians have been killed when Iraqi military aircraft mistakenly struck an area in the country’s troubled western province of Anbar as part of mop-up operations against IS militants, Press TV reported.

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Iraqi fighter jets pounded two buildings in the town of Rutbah, situated about 428 kilometers west of the Baghdad, on Friday, erroneously leaving 40 civilians dead and tens of others injured, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.

The source identified the victims as members of five displaced families from al-Karmah town, located about 48 kilometers west of Baghdad, who had taken refuge in the buildings.

Iraqi officials have not yet commented on this report.

On July 6, a bomb fell from an Iraqi military jet accidentally and exploded in eastern Baghdad because of a technical problem, killing at least 12 people and wounding 25 others.

News Code: 11008  |  Date: 2015/08/01  |  Time: 14 : 30

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