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MKO says its base in Iraq attacked

BAGHDAD, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The Iranian opposition Mujahideen Khaliq, based in Iraq, said on Thursday Iran had attacked one of its bases inside Iraq, but reported no casualties.

It said in a statement that Iranian ``terrorists'' fired rockets at their Homayoun base in the suburbs of the Iraqi city of Amarah about 360 km (220 miles) south of Baghdad late on Wednesday night.

``None of the National Liberation Army was harmed in the attack,'' it said.

The statement said Mujahideen Khalq reserved the right to respond and asked the Iraqi government to hunt down and punish the perpetrators.

``The assault was the clerical regime's 77th military and terrorist attack against the Iranian resistance in Iraqi territory since the beginning of 1993,'' the statement said.

There was no immediate comment on the report from Tehran.

Iraq and the Mujahideen have blamed Iran for several recent attacks on the Iranian opposition in Iraq, including a car bomb explosion which killed six group members and one Iraqi. They also blamed the Islamic state for launching three long-range missiles across the border, hitting a camp used by Mujahideen.

The Mujahideen Khaliq use Iraq as a springboard for attacks into Iran and have several bases equipped with tanks, heavy guns and helicopter gunships close to the Iranian border.

Their office in Baghdad, ringed by a concrete wall, has survived several mortar and bomb attacks.

Tehran accuses Baghdad of arming the exiled group and providing it with military camps along the international borders.


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