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Two dump trucks, one pick up truck containing chlorine explode in Al Anbar

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Saturday, 17 March 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070317-06
Mar. 17, 2007

Two dump trucks, one pick up truck containing chlorine explode in Al Anbar
Multi-National Force – West PAO

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – Approximately 350 Iraqi civilians and six Coalition Force members were treated for chlorine gas exposure after two suicide bombers detonated their dump trucks in separate areas south of Fallujah, and one Coalition Forces member and one Iraqi civilian were injured in a smaller attack northeast of Ramadi on the evening of March 16.

The first suicide truck bomb containing chlorine detonated at a check point northeast of Ramadi at 4:11 p.m., injuring one Coalition service member and one Iraqi civilian.

The second explosion occurred at 6:36 p.m., 17 km south of Fallujah near the town of Amiriyah. The Amiriyah Police Department reported that two policemen were killed in the blast and estimated that as many as 100 local citizens showed signs of chlorine exposure.

Coalition Forces confirmed that the Amiriyah citizens exposed to the chlorine were treated locally for symptoms ranging from minor skin and lung irritation to vomiting.

The third explosion occurred 37 minutes later at 7:13 p.m., 5 km south of Fallujah in the Albu Issa region when a suicide bomber detonated a dump truck containing a 200 gallon chlorine tank rigged with explosives.

Coalition Forces responded to the attack and found approximately 250 local civilians suffering from symptoms related to chlorine exposure. Of those affected by the attack, four adults and seven children were evacuated to Coalition medical facilities for further treatment.

Suicide car bombers have used chlorine against Iraqis in Al Anbar a total of five times since Jan. 28.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MULTINATIONAL FORCE – WEST, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER BY E-MAIL AT MNFWCEPAOWO@CEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL



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