Poison Cake Laced With Thallium Kills Iraqi Children
February 10, 2008
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The UK government has flown antidote medicine to the Middle East after some
Iraqis became seriously ill from eating cakes laced with the poison
Two of the victims, both children, died after eating cake delivered to a
military club in .
Others are being treated in hospital in the Jordanian capital,.
It is the first time the deadly toxin has been used since the downfall of
, 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 .
They and half-a-dozen other patients suffering from thallium poisoning were
flown from to as the necessary treatments and antidotes were
not available in .
responded to a request for help from the
and medication was flown out.
Thallium is a lethal poison much used by
opponents. It has not surfaced since his overthrow.
It is an ideal assassin’s tool, being tasteless and easy to administer, and
its effects take some time to appear.
It then causes a lingering and painful death. An antidote known as Prussian
Blue can be effective if taken quickly.
An investigation is under way in
mystery. The manager of the air force club told the he believed it was
carried out by conspirators with a grudge against the club’s administration.
In what appeared to be a goodwill gesture, a former official delivered two
cakes laced with thallium.
They were taken home by two officials and eaten by their families, who all