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Six killed in clashes between Iranian, Kurdish forces

  2021-05-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File photo of a number of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) fighters.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Six people were killed in clashes between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and a Kurdish armed group in Salmas, West Azerbaijan Province in Iran, a report by rights group Hengaw claimed on Wednesday (May 12).

Clashes occurred on Tuesday (May 11) in the afternoon resulting in the death of three Kurdish fighters and three Iranian soldiers, Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported.

One person from the Kurdish armed group was missing, Hengaw added, identifying two of the victims as Tawhid Muradi and Mehdi Khalili.

“After the clashes, the artilleries of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards intensely shelled Alghabut valley,” it said.

Iran’s Hamza military base issued a statement confirming that two Iranian soldiers and a group of seven people were killed.

No Kurdish group claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but the PDKI, also known as the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), is an armed party of Kurds in Iran. It is banned in Iran and designated by Tehran as a “terrorist organization.”

Since 1979, KDPI has waged a persistent guerrilla war against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The group calls for self-determination of the Kurdish people and has been described as seeking either separatism or autonomy within a federal system.

(Zhyan English)