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Iraqi Warplanes Attack in Central Iran

July 23, 1986

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraqi warplanes resumed bombing targets in Iran’s heartland today after a three-month lull, according to an Iraqi military spokesman.

The air force attacked an arms factory near Tehran, a steel plant near Isfahan and an army camp and two railroad bridges in the west of the country, Iraq’s official Iraqi News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying. He was not identified in keeping with military regulations.

Iran’s official news agency, monitored in Cyprus, reported that Iraqi warplanes struck at Tehran’s southern outskirts, injuring seven civilians. Tehran is 500 miles east of the Iran-Iraq border.

Air raid sirens sounded in the Iranian capital before the raid, ″but the situation returned to normal after a short while,″ according to the dispatch from Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency.

IRNA did not mention the other attacks reported by Iraq.

However, Persian Gulf-based oil executives in contact with Iran confirmed the Iraqi air raid on the steel factory at Mubarekeh, 31 miles south of Isfahan. One executive, who like the rest spoke on condition of anonymity, said the plant was ″very extensively damaged,″ but said he had no other details.

The Iraqi military spokesman said the mid-morning attacks on the arms factory at Parchin, 25 miles southeast of Tehran, and the steel plant were preceded and followed by air raids on an Iranian military camp at Mosak, another on a command headquarters, and a third on a railway bridge at Taleh Zang, 37 miles north of the western city of Dezful.

Another railway bridge north of Taleh Zang also was attacked, according to the spokesman.

Iraq said all the planes returned safely to their bases.

Update hourly