IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

An Iraqi military officer says Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly- liberated area in western Mosul.

Baghdad: An Iraqi military officer says Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly- liberated area in western Mosul.

The officer with the anti-terrorism forces said today that the attack occurred the night before in the al-Abar neighbourhood, when IS fired a rocked loaded with chlorine.

He said seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to release information.

US-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling IS 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.