Rocket Attack Inflicts Casulaties in Baghdad, Opposition Claims Responsibility

Published May 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iraq's exiled Shiite opposition claimed Saturday that a rocket attack on central Baghdad targeted president Saddam Hussein's main palace in the capital, AFP reported. 

The Iran-based Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said its fighters had fired nine Katyusha rockets at the Republican Palace in the Karradat-Maryam district. 

Abdul Aziz Baker al-Hakim, brother of SCIRI chairman Mohammad Baker al-Kahim, told journalists the attack was "in retaliation for Saddam's atrocities on Shias in Iraq", added AFP. 

Earlier, AP reported that at least six missiles exploded in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad before dawn on Saturday, killing an infant girl and wounding an undisclosed number of people.  

AFP quoted Iraqi News Agency as saying that "Iranian agents" fired eight rockets into the center of Baghdad overnight, killing a three year-old girl and wounding four other people.  

"Agents in the pay of Iran fired eight 120 mm rockets into the al-Karkh residential district," an official spokesman told the agency. 

AFP said that the spokesman held Iran totally responsible for this hideous act and warned that this crime will not go unpunished.  

The satellite television channel Al-Jazira said early Saturday that three houses were hit and showed pictures of dozens of people gathered around buildings which had suffered damage, AP said - (Agencies) 















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