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Thursday, 10 March 2016 06:28

ISIL’s chemical attack in northern Iraq injures 40 people

ISIL’s chemical attack in northern Iraq injures 40 people
At least 40 people sustained injuries when the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group used “poisonous substances” during the shelling of a village in Iraq’s Northern Province of Kirkuk, officials say.

According to Wasta Rasul, a Commander of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the region, a total of 24 chemical-laden mortar shells and Katyusha rockets was launched against the mainly Shia Turkmen village of Taza, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the oil city of Kirkuk late on Tuesday.

ISIL terrorists carried out the raid from the nearby terrorist-held Bashir area, he went on to say.

According to Taza health officials, none of the villagers were killed in the attack, but the wounded, suffering from partial chocking and skin irritation, were taken to hospitals in Kirkuk.

“There were poisonous substances in these shells. We don't know what,” Kirkuk Governor Najmuddin Kareem told reporters.

Moreover, a senior official of Iraq's Badr Organization, Mohammad Mahdi al-Bayati, told Arabic-language al-Sumeria news website that ISIL used toxic chlorine gas in the attack. He also called on the Iraqi central government and the Popular Mobilization Forces to cleanse areas around the village from ISIL terrorists.

Earlier on Tuesday, ISIL also launched a barrage of 42 Katyusha rockets against the village from Bashir area and inflicted damage to some houses.

ME

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