Seven people have been killed after an Iraqi warplane accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad because of a “technical problem”.

The bomb, which fell from a Sukhoi Su-25 jet, exploded in the eastern part of the Iraqi capital, according to the AFP news agency, which cited security and medical officials.

The jet had been taking part in an airstrike against Islamic State militants. One of its bombs failed to detach from the plane during the mission then fell as the plane was returning to base.

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