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Islamic State used chemical weapons: Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters with a captured Islamic State flag.
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Iraqi officials say Islamic State has launched two chemical attacks, killing a three-year-old girl and wounding some 600 people near the northern city of Kirkuk.

Security and hospital officials say the latest attack took place early on Saturday in the small town of Taza, which was struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier.

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Helmi Hamdi, a nurse at the Taza hospital, says the wounded are suffering from infected burns, suffocation and dehydration.

Eight people were transferred to Baghdad for treatment.

The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.

US and Iraqi officials said US special forces captured the head of the IS unit trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month in northern Iraq.

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