A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a “technical problem”, killing at least eight people and wounding 17, officials said.

“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 to land at its base, the ministry said.

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