Scores of Iraqi Civilians Injured in Terrorist Chlorine Gas Attack
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Mar. 18, 2007 About 350 Iraqi civilians and six coalition force members were treated for chlorine gas exposure after suicide bombers detonated chlorine- laden dump trucks in three separate incidents March 16, military officials reported.
The first suicide truck bomb containing chlorine gas detonated at a checkpoint northeast of Ramadi, injuring one coalition service member and an Iraqi civilian.
The second explosion occurred south of Fallujah near the town of Amiriyah. The Amiriyah police department reported that two policemen were killed in the blast and estimated that as many as 100 local citizens showed signs of chlorine exposure. Coalition forces confirmed that the Amiriyah citizens exposed to the chlorine were treated locally for symptoms ranging from minor skin and lung irritation to vomiting, military officials reported.
A third explosion occurred south of Fallujah in the Albu Issa region when a suicide bomber detonated a dump truck containing a 200-gallon chlorine tank rigged with explosives. Coalition forces responded to the attack and found about 250 local civilians suffering from symptoms related to chlorine exposure. Of those affected by the attack, four adults and seven children were evacuated to coalition medical facilities for further treatment, officials said.
Suicide car bombers have used chlorine against Iraqis in Anbar province five times since Jan. 28, military officials said.