Local sources reported the deaths of up to 23 civilians – including 17 children and 1 woman – following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Mosul’s Najjar neighbourhood. Officials later confirmed the deaths of 10 civilians in the event.
Iraqi Spring reported at the time that The coalition air force has targeted a home in which displaced families live in Najjar neighbourhood in Mosul resulted in 19 deaths including 17 children and women.
Iraq Now featured a video from the ISIS-controlled agency Al A’maq News, which showed significant destruction and the removal of the bodies of a number of children. As Al Jazeera noted, The [Al A’Amaq] agency aired footage of havoc in a number of buildings and said a US air strike had targeted a house inhabited by displaced people in Al-Najjar neighbourhood of Mosul, which led to widespread destruction at home and the killing or injury of civilians. For its part, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday announced Sunday evening that international coalition aircraft had destroyed an IED laboratory belonging to ISIL in Mosul.
The reported death toll was later raised to 23 according to Al Khaleej and others. Al Araby also cited a Mosul doctor as saying that 23 civilians arrived at the hospital between the ninth and the eleventh hour, as a result of the bombing of a group of houses in an upscale neighbourhood in the centre of Mosul. Local mosques used their loudspeakers to urge people to donate blood.
Given reported British actions in the area that day, Airwars flagged the incident to the UK’s MoD which said we can confirm that there was no UK involvement in the event.
On September 29th 2017 the Coalition confirmed responsibility for the event, noting that “2. Oct. 2, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report: During a strike against an ISIS headquarters structure, it was assessed that 10 civilians were unintentionally killed.” Officials gave the coordinates of the incident as 36°21’28.0″N 43°05’57.4″E.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
During a strike against an ISIS headquarters structure, it was assessed that 10 civilians were unintentionally killed.
Original strike reports
For October 2nd-3rd 2016, the Coalition reports: “Near Mosul, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL headquarters buildings and a front-end loader.“