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'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

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Ali Hassan al-Majid, a former Iraqi official known as "Chemical Ali", has been executed by hanging, a government spokesman has announced.

Majid, an enforcer in Saddam Hussein's regime and his cousin, had earlier been sentenced to death four times for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Earlier this month, he was sentenced to death for ordering the gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988.

It is believed that about 5,000 people died in the attack.

Freshta Raper was injured in the Halabja attack, but lost 21 members of her family.

She spoke to Eddie Mair on Radio 4's PM about the news of the execution of "Chemical Ali".

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