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Iraqi Kurdish villagers flee after sulphur explosion attributed to sabotage

Residents of the Iraqi Kurdish village of Mahmur, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of this Kurdish regional capital, fled their homes following an explosion of a stock of sulphur attributed to sabotage. “Gas clouds hanging over Mahmur have prompted around 4,000 residents to flee the village to Arbil since Thursday,” Ghafur Mahmuri, a Kurdish official from Mahmur, told AFP. The gas polluting the village came from “a large quantity of sulphur on fire in nearby Hammam al-Alil,” located some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the main northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Mahmuri said. “It was an act of sabotage. Unknown elements on Wednesday fired rocket-propelled grenades at a stock of sulphur that had been unguarded” since the US-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein in April, setting it on fire, he said. A cab driver who came to Arbil said the village was “very polluted” and he had suffered respiratory problems there. Full Story

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