Friday 9 December 2016

Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks which killed girl (3) and wounded 600

Published 12/03/2016 | 12:21

Islamic State has been accused of using chemical weapons
Islamic State has been accused of using chemical weapons

The Islamic State group has launched two chemical attacks, killing a three-year-old girl and wounding some 600 people near the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi officials said.

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Security and hospital officials say the latest attack took place early on Saturday in the small town of Taza, which was struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier.

Helmi Hamdi, a nurse at the Taza hospital, says the wounded are suffering from infected burns, suffocation and dehydration. Eight people were transferred to Baghdad for treatment.

US and Iraqi officials said US special forces captured the head of the IS unit trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month in northern Iraq.

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