Mortar shells hit Iranian dissident camp in Iraq, army says

December 26, 2011 10:04

BAGHDAD - Two mortar shells hit an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq just days after Baghdad extended a year-end deadline for the camp to be closed as the UN negotiated resettlement of 3,000 residents there, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

The mortars landed on Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist group. The camp is 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad.

"Two mortar [shells] landed on Ashraf Camp and we cannot identify the number of casualties because we are not allowed to enter the camp," said an official with the Iraqi army, asking not to be identified.

A statement from Camp Ashraf representatives said the camp was hit by rockets, but did not refer to any casualties.

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