Conflicting casualty figures a week after Iraq Mosul blast

Conflicting casualty figures a week after Iraq Mosul blastBy Hamuda Hassan and John Davison MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Conflicting accounts emerged on Sunday about an explosion in Iraq’s Mosul a week ago after a U.S.-led coalition strike against Islamic State that local officials say collapsed buildings, killing and burying many people. Iraq’s military said 61 bodies had been recovered from a destroyed building that Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but that there was no sign the building had been hit by a coalition air strike. “Civil defense has extracted and buried 160 bodies up to this moment.” What happened on March 17 remains unclear and details are difficult to confirm as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State to recapture the densely populated parts of the western half of Mosul, the militant group’s last stronghold in Iraq.

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