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PJAK claims responsibility for attack on Iranian forces, killing at least 10

By Rudaw 21/7/2018
At least 10 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were killed in early morning clashes within an unknown armed group in Mariwan. File photo: AFP
At least 10 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were killed in early morning clashes within an unknown armed group in Mariwan. File photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed in early morning clashes in Mariwan, Kurdistan province on Saturday in an attack claimed by the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK). 


PJAK said it launched the attack in retaliation for the killing of its forces and the assassination of one of its members in the Sulaimani province of the Kurdistan Region. 

“We confirmed responsibility for the clash in Mariwan. The clash was in retaliation for our latest martyrs and the assassination of one of our members in Penjwen,” Amed Shaho, a PJAK spokesman, told Rudaw.

On July 17, the body of Iqbal Muradi, a political activist and a member of PJAK, was found near the village of Aliyawa in Penjwen, Sulaimani province.

“Later we will release more details about this clash. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards suffered more casualties than Iranian officials announced. We suffered no casualties,” Shaho added. “We will not launch more attacks if the IRGC do not attack our forces and members.”

PJAK is one of several armed Kurdish groups active along the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. The party has ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that 11 were killed and eight wounded in Saturday morning’s attack. Other media put the death toll at 10. 

An ammunition cache exploded in the clashes, causing a number of casualties, Fars News reported, citing an official statement. 

Iranian forces reported they had killed a number of the attackers, but there no definite casualty figures have been confirmed. 

The mayor of Mariwan, Mohammed Shafi, claimed the attack was staged by PJAK.

 

Updated at 9:38 pm


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Hama | 21/7/2018
10 shia terrorists killed. Remember these are the same sectarian savages who burry and burn children alive in Syria and Iraq. They have blood on their hands. Killing an Iranian terrorist soldier is saving a life. This is the future for Iran since arrogant Iranians seem keen on not stopping their sectarian policies. They execute our men, rape our women and steal our land. Iran persecutes all non-shia minorities. They are all waiting to revolt at first given opportunity. The shia regime will fall one day and the world will be a much better place. Only a sick person can defend the Ayatollah-regime.
Gunrash | 21/7/2018
To jihanam.. more will follow. Marg bar Jumhoory islami. Biji Peshmerga! Biji Kurdistan!
Iranian | 21/7/2018
Terrorist ocalanist communist pjak was behind this. Iran should give the answer in Syria (Pyd-ypg). Pkk opened a new front, this time against Iran.
JK | 21/7/2018
The interesting question here is did PJAK brake the unofficial ceasefire that's been in place for 4-5 years or the Iranian regime? My bet is on the Iranian regime because they're clamping down hard on Kurds inside Iran and coordinating more and more with Turkey. I'm guessing that PJAK saw these troops massing for an offensive against them and sent a message to the regime. Win win win so far for PJAK because they dealt a blow to the regime, became more popular amongst the local Kurds, and probably caught the attention of the Unites States.
Jelly | 21/7/2018
Turkey and Iran are now completely in cahoots with each other. Turkey will once a gain become a lifeline for the Iranian regime and spoil the American effort of putting sanctions on the regime, wait and see

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