Two more children die after Iraq chemical attack

2016-03-19 11:00
Iraq wmd

Iraq wmd

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kirkuk - Two more children have died of wounds sustained in a suspected jihadist chemical attack last week in Iraq, a local official said on Friday, raising the death toll to three.

"We recorded the death this evening of a 10-year-old girl," said Hussein Abbas, the mayor of Taza, a town south of Kirkuk that was targeted by rockets armed with suspected mustard agent.

A six-month-old baby also died on Thursday of complications resulting from the attack, he said, while a three-year-old girl had died shortly after the March 9 attack.

Sources at the Kirkuk health directorate and a local rights group also confirmed the deaths.

Abbas said the number of people treated after complaining of burns, rashes and respiratory problems has risen to 1 500.

A total of 25 000 people had left their homes in and around Taza, fearing another attack from the neighbouring village of Bashir, still controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group, he said.

Local officials have charged that ISIS used mustard agent in the attack.

The samples are still being analysed and definitive results from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons based in The Hague can take several months.

While the chemical agents allegedly used by ISIS so far have been among their least effective weapons, the psychological impact on civilians is considerable.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed the attack would not go unpunished and several air raids have already been carried out on Bashir in recent days.

Tension between the Kurdish peshmerga who control Kirkuk and the Shi'ite militia groups also present in the area has delayed a coordinated military operation to oust ISIS from Bashir.

Read more on:    iraq  |  wmd

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.