Unexploded chemical weapon found in Iran

An unexploded chemical bomb that dates to the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War was recently found near the Iranian border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The 220 pound bomb, which was buried in a construction site in Sardasht, a western Iranian city, was found by a construction worker, PressTV.ir reports.

After its discovery, the bomb was defused and transferred to the Hamzeh Seyved al-Shohada base by military experts from Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.

The city of Sardasht was attacked by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime on June 28, 1987, when four bombs containing 550 pounds of mustard gas were dropped on the city's densely populated town center.

More than 100 Iranian civilians were killed in the attack and hundreds more were injured. The town had a population of 20,000 at the time of the attacks. More than 5,000 of those residents still suffer from respiratory and skin ailments and disorders.

The attack made Sardasht only the third populated city in the world, after Japan's Hiroshima and Nagaski, to be deliberately targeted with a weapon of mass destruction. It was also the first city to be attacked with poison gas, according to PressTV.ir.

During the Iraq-Iran War, more than 100,000 Iranians were affected by nerve and mustard gases, with approximately one in 10 dying before treatment could be administered.