Death toll in Baghdad attack reportedly climbs to 23

October 30, 2015 04:57
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BAGHDAD - About 15 rockets landed on Thursday near a camp next to Baghdad International Airport holding members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, an Iraqi military spokesman said, and a spokesman for the group said 23 of its members had been killed.

It was not immediately clear whether the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), based in Iraq since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, was the target of the attacks.

So far 23 residents, including at least one woman, had died in the attack and dozens more were injured, Shahin Gobadi, spokesman for the PMOI in Paris, said in a statement. He said at least 80 missiles hit the camp.

The rockets were fired from the Bakriya neighbourhood, about 6 km (4 miles) northeast of the airport, joint operations command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that residents of the camp were killed and injured in the attack, but he did not say how many.

He said the US government had been in touch with senior Iraqi officials to ensure they provide "all possible medical and emergency assistance to the victims."

Kerry also urged the Iraqi government to increase security at the camp and find those responsible for the attack.

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