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(RFE/RL) February 20, 2007 -- At least five people were killed and more than 100 were hospitalized when a truck carrying chlorine gas exploded in the Iraqi town of Al-Taji.

Many of the people hospitalized were sickened by the release of toxic gas.

It was not clear whether the explosion was accidental or caused by a bombing.

In the latest spate of bombings and other attacks, more than 40 Iraqis and five U.S. soldiers were killed on February 19.

(Reuters, AP, AFP)

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