Hotel fire kills 29, including Canadian, in Iraq

July 16, 2010 11:07


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A police chief in northern Iraq says a fire engulfed a five-story hotel killing 29 people, including foreigners.

Police Brig. Gen. Najim-al-Din Qadir of the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah says an electrical short caused the fire. The victims include Bangladeshis, several from African countries and at least one Canadian, he added Friday.

Another 22 people were injured.

He said the fire in the Suma hotel erupted late Thursday.

Sulaimaniyah is located 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad. It's the second biggest city in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region.

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