Iranian dissidents say rockets hit their Baghdad camp, kill two

By REUTERS
December 27, 2013 04:02




BAGHDAD - A camp of Iranian dissidents in the Iraqi capital was hit by rockets on Thursday in an attack the group said killed at least two people and seriously wounded several others.

A Shi'ite militia claimed responsibility for the attack on the Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) camp in western Baghdad, which has repeatedly been the target of mortar and rocket attacks in recent months.

The group, which calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical leaders and fought on Iraq's side during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, is no longer welcome in Iraq under the Shi'ite-led government that came to power after the 2003 US-led invasion.

A spokesman for the group said in a statement that two people had been killed when "Camp Liberty," located in a former US military compound, was "attacked with dozens of missiles of different types".

Several of the wounded were in a critical condition, the statement added. It accused the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of being behind the attack in an attempt to win support from Iran's government ahead of elections next year.

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