NICOSIA, Cyprus — Iran charged Saturday that Iraq had dropped outlawed chemical bombs on civilian targets in a province that recently served as a springboard for an Iranian offensive.
An Iranian military communique said an Iraqi jet dropped chemical bombs Friday on the Bolhassan region of Baneh province, wounding an unspecified number of Iranian civilians.
The communique was carried by Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia. It did not give other details.
The communique also said Iranian air defenses shot down a Soviet-built Iraqi MIG-21 jet and a helicopter Saturday. It said the jet was hit over Iran's oil-rich southern Khuzestan province and crashed in the Persian Gulf.
The helicopter, the Iranian report said, was shot down as a squadron of Iraqi helicopters tried to raid Sardasht. It said Iraqi helicopters were seen hovering low over the gulf, apparently searching for the pilot.