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Poison cake kills Iraqi children

9/February /08
By Jim Muir
BBC News, Baghdad



Thallium has been described as an ideal assassin's tool
The UK government has flown antidote medicine to the Middle East after some Iraqis became seriously ill from eating cakes laced with the poison thallium.

Two of the victims, both children, died after eating cake delivered to a military club in Baghdad.

Others are being treated in hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

It is the first time the deadly toxin has been used since the downfall of Saddam Hussein, whose regime used it to kill its opponents.

At least two of the poison victims, the secretary of the Iraqi air force club and his daughter, are critically ill in Amman.

They and half-a-dozen other patients suffering from thallium poisoning were flown from Baghdad to Amman as the necessary treatments and antidotes were not available in Iraq.

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Added: Feb-9-2008 
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