Iraqi militants have begun to use chlorine gas as a weapon against civilians in the Baghdad area. Today a bomb was planted beneath a chlorine tanker truck. The explosion killed nine and sent over 150 people hit by the chlorine cloud to hospital. This is the third time chlorine has been used in conjunction with bombings.
In another incident, a pickup truck carrying cannisters of the gas exploded, killing 2 and sending 32 to hospital. Chlorine gas can be lethal if inhaled. Fortunately the terrorists don't seem to have figured out how to disperse it effectively.
The Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City received another car bombing. Some locals are blaming the American soldiers for driving the Mahdi Army underground thus stripping them of the militia that had been defending them.