Iraqi war plane 'bombed' Shia place of worship

Iraqi war plane 'bombed' Shia place of worship
An Iraqi MP has claimed that an air force war plane was responsible for the bombing of a Shia Husseiniyah site, with relatives saying the attack was deliberate.
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28 October, 2016
A Shia Husseiniya was hit in the bombing [Anadolu]

An Iraqi aircraft is believed to have carried out a bombing on a Shia place of worship last week, which killed 15 people and wounded dozens, an Iraqi lawmaker has said.

The air raid in Daquq, a town in Kirkuk province of northern Iraq, sparked outrage among residents, who have demanded answers on who was behind the deadly 21 October 21 attack.

"It is believed that it was an Iraqi aircraft," said Hakim al-Zamili, a lawmaker and member of the committee investigating the strike, citing preliminary results.

Some say the bombing was due to a technical problem while others believe it was intentional, Zamili said at a news conference in Daquq.

The MP has promised relatives he will find out the cause of the incident.

The strike hit a Shia place of worship that is known as a Husseiniyah in Daquq on the afternoon of 21 October.

On Thursday, Daquq residents had demanded answers on the strike, criticising the lack of information released so far.

Yaljan Mahdi Sadiq, a leading figure in the Daquq community, said families of the victims had refused compensation from the Iraqi government.

"They don't want money, they want to know who committed this horrible crime against them," Sadiq said.

The US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq had previously said it had "definitively" determined it did not carry out the Daquq strike.

Russia had pointed an accusing finger at the coalition a day after the attack.