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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iranian Army Shells Iraqi Farms

QANDOUL, Iraq -- Frightened villagers hid in caves in Iraq's mountainous northeast while others fled on Monday, saying four days of intermittent shelling by the Iranian military had destroyed farms and killed livestock.

"Iran is attacking us like Satan. Many cattle were killed, farms were burned, we have nothing left," said Qadir Mohammed, a cattle herder from Qandoul village in Iraq's remote northeast.

"We do not know when we are going to be killed. This is not a way of life. We cannot eat, sleep or move," he cried.

Qandoul is about two kilometers from the Iranian border.

Local officials and the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region said Saturday that two women had been hurt in the shelling, across a front of about 50 kilometers.

There has been no comment so far from Tehran or Baghdad about the shelling.

Cross-border fighting occasionally occurs as Iraq's neighbors combat Kurdish separatist rebels operating from bases in Iraq's mountainous and remote north and northeast.

The latest shelling targeted villages near the town of Qal'at Dizah, 325 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Qal'at Dizah Mayor Hussein Ahmed said about 300 families had been evacuated from villages to his town. Villagers fled in police vehicles and on mules, carrying food, clothing and blankets with them.

"This is the first time that these villages were attacked by Iran," Ahmed said.

Some houses were destroyed and dairy farms and orchards had also been damaged, with some still burning, officials said.

"We are in a struggle for survival. If I leave my house we will starve. I will not leave my house," said Goli Mohammed, a 55-year-old woman who sells milk from her cows in Qandoul.

"There is no place I could go to," she said.

Another woman in the nearby village of Danaw was gathering clothes into a sack as she prepared to leave.

"I cannot bear it any more because it is random shooting," Nazar Mohammed, 21, said before she fled.

n A roadside bomb killed the governor of the southern Muthanna province Monday, police said, the second assassination of a top provincial official in just over a week.

A bomb on a motorcycle also exploded in a busy market district in central Baghdad, killing at least three people and wounding 11, a police official in the capital said.

The first blast struck the vehicle carrying Governor Mohammed Ali al-Hassani, shortly after his convoy departed from his home in Rumaitha for his office in the provincial capital of Samawah, about 370 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.