Attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq kills six -UPDATED

At least six people killed and 20 wounded in a rocket attack on an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq's capital Baghdad

Attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq kills six -UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least six people were killed and 20 wounded in a rocket attack on an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq's capital Baghdad early on Saturday, police sources said.

The dissident group Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) said six people including a woman died after its camp was hit by mortars and missiles, while the U.N. mission in Iraq said it was aware of a number of deaths.

MEK calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical leaders and fought alongside the forces of former Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

It is now seeking to recast itself as an Iranian opposition force but is no longer welcome in Iraq.

The attack struck the group's base in the former U.S. military compound "Camp Liberty" in the western part of the capital, where most of the group was relocated by Iraqi authorities last year from a base given to them by Saddam.

"At 5:30 a.m. around 18 Katyusha rockets landed in the camp, west of Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 42," said an Iraqi policeman at the base, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Photographs and footage sent by the MEK to Reuters showed bloodied bodies laid out on blankets.

A spokesman for the group said they did not know for sure who was behind the attack.

MEK, which was formally removed from the U.S. State Department's official list of terrorist organisations last year, has blamed previous attacks on the Quds force.

The United Nations intends to process them for refugee status in other countries, but they have complained that the conditions at Camp Liberty are poor and that they have not been permitted to bring many of their personal belongings.

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