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NEWS: Did the Sudanese Air Force use WMD's?

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 01:00 PM
Sudanese villagers claim that the Sudan Air Force dropped chemical bombs on western Sudan in the Dharfur region this past May. One alleged attack was the dropping of 8 plastic bags filled with a powder which opened when they hit the ground, villagers and animals subsequently died and many became ill from inhaling the fumes. The other attack was a bomb which created a noxious smoke after hitting but a helping wind moved the cloud from the village limiting the effects according to this report.
SHEGEK KARO, Sudan, Aug 17, 2004 -- Inhabitants of this picturesque village in the Darfur region of western Sudan said the Sudanese air force sprayed them with a strange powder in an attack in May that killed two villagers and dozens of cattle.

Another bomb, dropped by a jet fighter on the same day, produced a poisonous smoke that injured about 50 villagers on the other side of the village, the villagers said.

A Sudanese air force Antonov plane dropped several rectangular plastic sacks containing a white, flourlike powder on a wadi -- a dry riverbed -- in the lower part of the village, they said.

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The government denies any chemical attack, and a representative of Human Rights Watch said "We cannot verify or disprove at the moment any assertions of a chemical attack," also denying that they received samples of the powder for testing. While there are calls for an investigation, it is unsure if an investigation has started to prove or disprove these allegations.

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[edit on 8/17/04 by JacKatMtn]

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 04:41 PM
Thanks for the article. However can we be careful when using the abreviation WMD.

Although, even if this is a true account of what happend, it cannot be classed as a WMD.

Lets try not to blow things out of proportion. WMDs should be considered as a very extreme form of violence.

But in saying that, this kind of thing really should not be allowed to happen.

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 07:15 PM
If the reports are true, then these would be WMD's. Chemical weapons are WMD's.

The biggest surprise here for me would be that Sudan has actually obtained chemical weapons and even has an air force of some kind.

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