A destroyed car is seen at the site after an air strike attack against ISIS triggered a massive explosion in Mosul, Iraq March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Investigators are in the Iraqi city of Mosul to determine whether a U.S.-led coalition strike or ISIS-rigged explosives caused a huge blast that destroyed buildings and killed more than 200 people, a U.S. military commander said.Conflicting accounts have emerged since the March 17 explosion in al-Jadida district in west Mosul, where Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes are fighting to clear ISIS militants from Iraq's second city.Iraq's military command has blamed militants for rigging a building with explosives to cause civilian casualties, but some witnesses say it was collapsed by an air strike, burying many families under the rubble.Thousands of civilians are fleeing the fighting, shelling and air strikes, but as many as half a million people may be trapped inside the city.Rights Group Amnesty International said on Tuesday the high civilian toll suggested U.S.-led coalition forces leading the offensive in Mosul failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths.
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