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4 PJAK fighters killed in Iranian Kurdistan’s Sarvabad: watchdog

  2021-06-16  | 
 Zhyan News Network
An undated photo of members of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – At least four members of a Kurdish armed group was killed and eight Iranian security personnel were wounded in clashes in Sarvabad district countryside of Kurdistan province in western Iran on Tuesday (June 16), a watchdog said.

The clashes happened between the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the heights of Paygalan, Dezun, and Surah Tu villages at around 03:00 pm on Tuesday, Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported.  

Nine IRGC personnel were also wounded in the clash, Hengaw claimed, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan.

A PJAK female fighter was arrested after she was wounded in the clash and was taken to Surah Tu “despite the severity of her injuries,” before she was gunned down by an IRGC commander, it claimed. 

Hours later, another armed clash took place in the Sisera Pass between the villages of Diuznab and Surato that caused casualties.  

Found in 2004, PJAK is an armed Kurdish group considered as an offshoot to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Iranian Kurdistan, known as Rojhalat.  It is based in the mountainous areas in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani governorate adjacent to Iran. 

It launches intermittent attacks against the Iranians security forces in Rojhalat, as it calling for self-determination for Kurds in Rojhalat and Iran.

On February 4, two PJAK members were killed in a murder-for-hire plot in Penjwen district west of Sulaimani. 

(Zhyan English)