Iran rejects MKO kidnap claims as lies

Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has dismissed reports by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) claiming that Iran has played a role in the abduction of members of the terrorist group.

“The news report released by the MKO terrorist group about the abduction of a number of its members and accusing Iran of having been involved in [the abduction] is a lie,” Alavi told reporters on Sunday.

“News reports released by the MKO are sheer lies,” the Iranian minister added.

He warned that the media should not fall into the MKO trap because such news reports are not credible.

On September 1, over 70 MKO members, including top commanders, were reportedly killed in an attack in the terrorist group's notorious camp in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala. There were around 100 MKO members in the camp at the time.

The attack came at the hands of a group of Iraqi people and the relatives of those martyred by the terrorists when they had joined forces with executed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 1991 to crush an uprising by Iraqi Shias.

The Iraqis who stormed the terror camp further demanded the immediate expulsion of all MKO terrorists from their country.

The last group of MKO terrorists at Camp Ashraf was evicted by the Iraqi government on Wednesday to join the other members of the terrorist group in the former US-held Camp Liberty, now called Camp Hurriya, near Baghdad International Airport where they are awaiting relocation to other countries.

The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.

The group is known to have cooperated with Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and carrying out the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.