Sulaimaniya, Jul 16: A hotel fire in Sulaimaniya, the northern city in Iraq, claimed the lives of at least 40 on Friday, Jul 16.
The fire broke out around 5:15 am (02:15 GMT). Another 23 people got injured in the fire at the five-storied building, Soma Hotel in the central area of the city.
The victims of the incidents include several foreigners from Bangladesh, Philippine, Canada, Thailand and African countries. At least six among the deceased jumped from the fourth floor of the hotel due to the smoke.
A police chief in northern Iraq said that an electrical short caused fire. A local security official, Qader Hama-Jan said that it is not suspected to be a terrorist act.