IS conflict: Dutch air strike killed about 70 people in Iraq in 2015

A Dutch F-16 jet serving with the US-led coalition in Iraq killed about 70 people – Islamic State (IS) militants and civilians – in an air strike in 2015, the Dutch defence ministry says.

It is the first time the ministry has given details of the raid that targeted an alleged IS bomb factory in Hawija.

Large, unexpected secondary explosions meant the death toll was higher than anticipated, a ministry statement said.

Monitoring group Airwars maintains that at least 70 civilians died.

The IS facility hit in Hawija on the night of 2 June 2015 was believed to be producing vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used to attack coalition forces, the Dutch defence ministry said.

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Source: BBC News