Rocket barrage on Iran exile camp near Baghdad kills 23

Baghdad, Oct 31 (IANS) A rocket barrage which targeted an exile Iranian opposition group in a base near Baghdad airport on Thursday evening killed at least 23, according to the group on Friday, while an Iranian-backed radical Shiite militia claimed responsibility for the attack.

A statement issued by the opposition group said that over 80 rockets from different kinds struck Camp Hurriya (or Liberty), which is a former US military base, located near the Baghdad airport in the southwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Xinhua reported.

It said that many caravans in the camp were destroyed or burned by the barrage, which also destroyed or brought down many concrete walls that were set up in the camp to protect the caravans.

Late on Thursday, an Interior Mininstry source told Xinhua that some 25 Katyusha rockets struck the camp, citing initial reports.

The rockets were fired from al-Bakriyah district in western Baghdad, the source said, adding that there were no immediate reports about casualties among the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), which is also known as Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO).

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