Rights groups: Iraqi forces behind massacre of PMOI (MEK) members in Camp Ashraf

Washington D.C. – Human rights activists accused Iraqi forces Wednesday of carrying out a bloody attack on a camp of Iranian exiles in which 52 people were shot dead.

A German rights groups working with a Washington-based lawyer claimed their 70-page report “confirms the direct involvement of the government of Iraq in the attack” on September 1, AFP reported.

Calling for a UN investigation into the attack, the Aachen-based Rights for Migrants group said interviews with the 42 survivors of the attack on Camp Ashraf, in central Diyala province, “unequivocally puts Iraqi forces at the scene,” the report added. It alleged Iraqi police moved blockades guarding the camp to allow access to about 120 armed attackers, who were dressed in uniforms identical to those worn by a special Iraqi forces division and spoke with Iraqi accents.

“For two hours, the attackers scoured the camp, killing 52 and destroying millions of dollars in property. Every individual killed was shot in the head or neck, and many were handcuffed before being executed,” the report said.

It maintained that due to the close proximity of about 1,200 Iraqi military and police forces stationed nearby it was “impossible that any rogue group of attackers could have entered Camp Ashraf without the knowledge, blessing or direct authorization of the Iraqi government.”

It also says seven people were taken hostage, and were now reportedly being held in detention centers near Baghdad.
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