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Police find 2 chlorine caches in Kirkuk

KIRKUK / IraqiNews.com: Police forces found two chlorine caches in southwestern Kirkuk, the chief of local police said on Friday. “Police forces found the caches during crackdown operations waged in Fazikhiya village in Huwaiyja district in southwestern Kirkuk,” Brig Sarhad Qader told IraqiNews.com. “Police found five bottles of chlorine used to make explosive charges,” he added, noting that no suspects were arrested during the operation. Kirkuk, 250 km (156 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, sits on the ruins of a 5,000-year-old settlement. Because of the strategic geographical location of the city, Kirkuk was the battle ground for three empires, Assyria, Babylonia and Media which controlled the city at various times. Kirkuk is the centre of the northern Iraqi petroleum industry. It is a historically and ethnically mixed city populated by Assyrians, Kurds, Arabs and Iraqi Turkmen. The population was estimated at 1,200,000 in 2008. SH (P) 1

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