BAGHDAD – Clashes and explosions were reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles on Sunday, with the group claiming Iraqi troops killed more than 50 of their members. Officials and the group offered widely differing accounts of the unrest.
The U.S. swiftly condemned “the terrible events that took place at Camp Ashraf today.” The U.N. said it is trying to establish what took place, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki formed a committee to probe the incident.
In addition to the casualties, the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), about 100 of whose members were living at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province near the Iranian border, also claimed security forces set fire to the group’s property in the camp.
Hospitals reported three Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded, which officials attributed to camp residents attacking an army brigade responsible for the camp.