Three chlorine gas attacks in Iraq are reported to have killed eight people and left hundreds injured, including six US troops. There were at least three such attacks in Iraq in February. The BBC's Hugh Sykes, in Baghdad, describes the use of the gas as an unsettling and possibly ominous development that could greatly increase fear and anxiety. 'Vomiting' The heaviest casualties were in a suicide attack on Friday evening at the entrance to a housing estate south of Falluja in which six people were reported to have been killed. The injured included at least 27 children. Officials say that in both attacks the assailants drove dumper trucks containing the bombs at their targets. One of the trucks is reported to have contained a 200 gallon (900 litre) tank of chlorine and explosives. The third attack was at a checkpoint near Ramadi."Approximately 350 Iraqi civilians and six coalition force members were treated for chlorine gas exposure," Lt Roger Hollenbeck of the US-led forces based near Ramadi said, AFP news agency reported. He said that victims were treated locally "for symptoms ranging from minor skin and lung irritation to vomiting".It seems that the chlorine is added to increase anxiety and panic. Minor skin and lung irritation means that it is used as a psychological weapon. The pic from WWI shows a real gas attack.
Our correspondent says that chlorine is easy to obtain as it is widely used as a cleaner and a water purifier. 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, where chlorine car bombs were being constructed.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Chlorine Gas Bomb
Chlorine comes in strong steel containers, and it is difficult to make it explode. The valve will be first destroyed and the liquid will vaporize and the gas flow out dispersing in the wind. A violent explosion is the worst way of using liquid chlorine as a weapon, I wonder why the Iraqis are doing it. Maybe they love the noise and the fire effect.