Iran exiles ‘killed in Iraq raid’ – BBC

1 08 2009

Seven Iranian dissidents have been killed during a raid by Iraqi security forces on their camp north of Baghdad, Iraqi police have said.

Eyewitnesses say Iraqi police have surrounded the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI) camp and clashes are continuing inside.

Iran wants the camp closed. The exiles fear they will be forcibly repatriated.

The US gave the camp some protection until it handed security control back to Iraq earlier this year.

The PMOI said Iraqi riot police stormed the camp using batons and live fire on Tuesday.

Amnesty International said it was “seriously concerned” about the incident, and had seen footage which “clearly showed” Iraqi forces beating people repeatedly.
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