BAGHDAD – An Iraqi military officer with the anti-terrorism forces says that ISIS militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.
The officer said that the attack occurred the night before in the al-Abar neighborhood, when ISIS fired rockets loaded with chlorine gas. At least seven soldiers reportedly suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field hospital, according to several reports.
The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.
The death toll has not been reported.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul. Iraqi officials say more than half of western Mosul has been retaken. The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in January.
Also, the Iraqi forces announced that they have killed a senior ISIS chief.