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Belgium Finds Nerve Gas Ingredient in Letters

Letters containing a nerve gas ingredient were sent to the Belgian prime minister’s office, the U.S. and British embassies and a court trying al Qaeda suspects in Brussels, the federal prosecutor said Wednesday. Two postal workers were taken to hospital after being exposed to the chemicals in the letters at mail depots. No one else was injured by the 10 letters sent to a variety of targets, also including the Saudi Arabian embassy, three ministries, an airport and a port authority. The brownish-yellow powder contained phenarsazine chloride, an arsenic derivative used in nerve gas, as well as hydrazine, an agent used as a rocket propellant, the Health Ministry said. Both substances are also found in pesticides. Full Story

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