Guerrillas of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran in training. Photo: AFP.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) claimed Saturday that it killed eight local members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and wounded others in clashes in northwestern Iran.
Friday’s clashes happened when a team of PDKI fighters was making “a political and organizational patrol” in an area called Kota Rash in Saghez, Kurdistan province, the Kurdish rebel group said on its website.
It also said its guerrillas then left the area safely after the hour-long clash, without any casualties on its own side.
There was no immediate report of any such clash by the Iranian media.
The PDKI announced in March that it was giving up a two-decade ceasefire with the Iranian government and returning its guerrilla fighters to Iran, but vowed not to initiate hostilities unless attacked.
Since then, the PDKI has engaged in clashes against the Iranian security forces which have left dozens dead on both sides, with intense fighting in June and July.
With some 2,000 fighters based in remote bordering areas, mainly in the Kurdistan Region, the PDKI is historically considered the most formidable Kurdish military organization opposing the Iranian regime.