PJAK fighters training at one of their bases in the Qandil mountains near the Iranian border. Photo: AP/file
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The armed wing of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) confirmed that a group if its guerrilla fighters were killed in clashes with Iranian security forces on Tuesday in Kermanshah province, western Kurdistan, Iran.
The East Kurdistan Defense Forces, or YRK as it is known by its Kurdish initials, said in a written statement that the clash happened as a result of “a conspiracy” by the Iranian revolutionaries and its “affiliated gang groups” near the Salasbajani town in Kermanshah.
They did not give details on the number of casualties but announced that more information would be published in the future.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) reported late Tuesday that they had killed 12 militants of a “terrorist” group near the Iraqi border, in the same area mentioned by the YRK.
“The group of 12 militants were all killed and a significant amount of weapons and ammunition were seized from the terrorists,” the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour as saying.
Pakpour added that the clashes began at noon on Tuesday and lasted for hours in the town of Salasbajani in the Kermanshah province near the Iraqi border.
Pakpour also revealed that three Iranian soldiers were wounded in the confrontation.
He claimed that “the armed group…had plans to sneak into Iranian territory to cause insecurity.”
The IRGC commander described the group as “affiliated with the anti-revolutionary and terrorist groups that receive support from the US and the Zionist regime of Israel.”