6 die in rocket at­tack on Ira­nian camp

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Rock­ets and mor­tar rounds struck a refugee camp for Irani- an ex­iles next to Bagh­dad’s in­ter­na­tional air­port be­fore dawn Satur­day, killing six peo­ple and wound­ing about 40, po­lice and U.N. of­fi­cials said.

The Iraqi government said it had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion but noted there was lit­tle it can do to shield the camp, which is home to about 3,100 peo­ple, from rocket at­tacks. It asked the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to speed up re­set­tle­ment of the refugees.

The camp houses mem­bers of Mu­ja­hed­din-e Khalq, the mil­i­tant wing of a Paris-based Ira­nian op­po­si­tion group. Iraq’s Shi­ite-led pro-Ira­nian government con­sid­ers it a ter­ror­ist group.

The refugee camp, lo­cated at a former U.S. mil­i­tary base, is meant to be a way sta­tion while the United Na­tions finds host coun­tries for the refugees.

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