|Attack on MKO camp in Iraq kills three: report||
TEHRAN – A camp of an anti-Iranian terrorist organization in the Iraqi capital was hit by rockets on Thursday in an attack the group said killed three residents and seriously wounded several others, Reuters reported.
The Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) said three people had been killed when "Camp Liberty," located in a former U.S. military compound, was hit with dozens of missiles.
Al-Mukhtar Army claimed responsibility for the attack on the camp in western Baghdad.
Wathiq al-Batat, commander of the al-Mukhtar Army, told Reuters his group had fired 20 Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds at the camp.
"We've asked (the government) to expel them from the country many times, but they are still here," he said.
In a statement on Friday, the UN envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov condemned the attack and called on the Iraqi government to protect the camp and investigate the incident, AP reported.
The U.S. State Department also issued a statement on Thursday urging the Iraqi government to take additional steps to secure the camp against further violence, according to Reuters.
The MKO fought alongside the forces of former Iraqi 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 under the government that came to power after U.S.-led forces invaded and toppled Saddam in 2003.
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