Iran says oil delegation attacked by 'terrorists' in Iraq

Iraqi Interior Ministry source confirms visiting Iranian convoy came under fire in central Baghdad and two Iraqi guards were wounded.

June 22, 2011 14:34
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TEHRAN - Iran's Oil Ministry website Shana said that a visiting Iranian oil delegation was attacked by "terrorists" in Iraq on Wednesday and were unharmed.

"The delegation was attacked by terrorists ... but they are not harmed and have no problems," Shana reported.

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"The delegation ... visited Iraq to hold talks about exporting fuel to Iraq ... they came under gunfire when heading to the Electricity Ministry building."

An Iraqi Interior Ministry source said the convoy came under fire in central Baghdad and two Iraqi guards were wounded.

Iran did not say who was behind the attack.

Iraq is home to a base of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), which the United States, Iraq and Iran consider a terrorist group.

The PMOI has for decades advocated the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran in place since 1979.

The fate of the base at Camp Ashraf, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, has been in question since the US military turned it over to Baghdad in 2009 under a bilateral security agreement.

In April, Iraqi forces moved against the camp in what they said was an attempt to reclaim land and return it to farmers.

The United States has proposed a temporary relocation of Ashraf's residents within Iraq, pending eventual resettlements in third countries, but the PMOI's umbrella group - the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) - rejects this.

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