Mortar attacks kill five at Iranian exile camp in Iraq

February 10, 2013 - 2:36:41 am

BAGHDAD: Assailants fired dozens of mortars and rockets at a camp of Iranian exiles in Iraq in a dawn attack that killed five people yesterday, the first deaths from violence since they resettled near Baghdad last year.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the assault on Camp Liberty, a former US military base on the western outskirts of the capital housing about 3,000 members of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.

The attack also wounded at least 40 members of the group and three Iraqi policemen.

The MEK, whose leadership is based in Paris, said in a statement that six people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

One Iraqi security official said about 40 rockets and mortar rounds were fired into the camp.