Kurds tell about poisonous gas in mortar shells and rockets to Taza near Kirkuk
March 9, 2016
BAGHDAD – More than 40 people suffered partial choking and skin irritation in northern Iraq as mortar shells and Katyusha rockets filled with “poisonous substances” exploded in their village on Tuesday evening, fired from positions held by Islamic State, local officials said on Wednesday.
None of the casualties died and five of them remain in hospital, said health officials in Taza, a mainly Shi’ite Turkmen village 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the oil city of Kirkuk, in a region under Kurdish control.
“There were poisonous substances in these shells. We don’t know what,” Kirkuk province governor Najmuddin Kareem told reporters on visit to the village on Wednesday.
A total of 24 shells and rockets were fired into Taza from the nearby Bashir area, said Wasta Rasul, a commander of the Kurdish peshmerga forces in the region. / JPost 9.3. 2016
Where is Taza? ( Wikipedia January 2016
)Taza is a settlement in Iraq located just south of Kirkuk. It is populated predominately by Shia Turkmen. In 2009 it was the site of the 20 June 2009 Taza bombing, where more than 70 people were killed by a suicide bomber.
In June 2014, along with the nearby villages of Brawawchli, Karanaz, Chardaghli, and Bashir, it experienced a massacre of at least 40 villagers committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
It is currently controlled by the Peshmerga.