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Report Iraq Bombs Iranian Ships, Camps, Bridges, Rail Station

December 6, 1986

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraqi jet fighters bombed two vessels in the Persian Gulf on Friday and attacked military camps, a railway station and strategic bridges in Iran, Baghdad Radio reported.

The state-run radio, quoting a military communique, said warplanes bombed military camps in west Iran at Marivan, Moske and Rabat.

″The targets were destroyed and the raiding jets returned safely to base,″ it said.

Other Iraqi jets hit the Haft-Tappeh railway station near Dezful, in the southern Iranian oil province of Khuzistan, the radio reported.

Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency confirmed the rail station attack, but said bombs fell on a park, killing four children and wounding seven.

The Iranian agency, monitored in Nicosia, Cyprus, made no mention of the other air raids reported by Iraq.

Iraqi jets twice last month bombed the Haft-Tappeh station, which Iraq says Iran uses to transport supplies and reinforcements to troops on the southern battlefront.

Baghdad Radio said Iraqi jets also destroyed the strategic Tal Zank bridge near Dezful and two other bridges at Kashwar, near Khorramabad city.

The warplanes sunk an Iranian supply ship in the Gulf and made a direct hit on another vessel, believed to be an oil tanker, off the Iranian coast, the radio said. It did not identify the ships.

On the southern battlefront, Iran’s news agency reported heavy shelling by Iranian troops on Thursday foiled Iraqi attempts to set up minefields around their positions in Nahr Anbar area.

The agency said unspecified casualties were inflicted on Iraqi troops in that shelling and another artillery exchange at Bakhtaran in the north and Ilam on the central front.

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