Sunday, March 25, 2007

U.S.: Iraqi forces foil truck bomber with 20,000 liters of chlorine

An unidentified man holds up a picture of chlorine weapons as CPT Matt Gregory and LTC Valery Keaveny of 3-509th, Regimental Combat Team 6, are questioned by journalists during a video press conference in Baghdad February 24, 2007. The conference followed the finding of chlorine and other chemicals in a raid on a car-bomb factory in Fallujah.

The U.S. military says Iraqi authorities have foiled a suicide chemical bomb attack in the western city of Ramadi.

A statement issued Sunday says Iraqi police detained a suicide bomber Friday, before he could detonate two tons of explosives aboard his truck that was also loaded with nearly 20,000 liters of chlorine.

U.S. officials say the truck was stopped near a police station about 150 meters from a water treatment plant in the predominantly Sunni city.

Insurgents have carried out seven chlorine bomb attacks in Iraq this year.

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