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|Iraqis killed by chlorine bombs
||Iraqis killed by chlorine bombs
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At least eight people have been killed and more than 85 injured in two chlorine gas attacks in Iraq.
In Falluja, west of the capital Baghdad, suicide bombers driving tankers filled with chlorine targeted two separate locations.
Most of the victims were from the first attack at the entrance to a housing estate. The injured included at least 27 children.
|There were at least three such attacks in Iraq in February.||There were at least three such attacks in Iraq in February.|
|Easily obtained||Easily obtained|
The second bomber is thought to have been targeting a tribal leader who has spoken out against al-Qaeda.
If chlorine gas is inhaled it can cause severe burns to the throat and lungs and can quickly kill after only a few breaths.
The chemical is easy to obtain. It is widely used as a cleaner and a water purifier.
Attacks like this also greatly increase fear and anxiety.
|After an explosion outside a restaurant near Baghdad last month, as well as the six people killed, dozens of others were left coughing and choking and needing medical treatment.||After an explosion outside a restaurant near Baghdad last month, as well as the six people killed, dozens of others were left coughing and choking and needing medical treatment.|
In February the United States military reported finding a bomb factory near Falluja at which chlorine car bombs were being constructed.
In another attack near Falluja last month, not using chlorine, more than 35 people were killed when a conventional truck bomb exploded near a mosque where the imam had criticised al-Qaeda and Iraq.
|Some tribal leaders in the area have openly complained about al-Qaeda's activities.||Some tribal leaders in the area have openly complained about al-Qaeda's activities.|