5 killed in fresh clash between Iran's security forces, Kurdish PJAK militants: report   2011-12-28 17:29:41            

TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Five were killed and several others injured in a fresh clash between Iranian security forces and militants of the Kurdish Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), the local satellite Press TV reported Wednesday.

In an operation launched by Iranian security forces against PJAK, the Basij militia forces killed four PJAK members and wounded several others, the report said, adding that a Basij member, identified as Farhad Mahdi, was also killed near the city of Baneh in Iran's West Azerbaijan province.

The local Fars news agency said that the operation was conducted on Tuesday.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced in September that it launched operations against the PJAK in northwestern Iran, where the country had deployed 5,000 military troops along its border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The IRGC said that Iranian forces killed 180 PJAK "terrorists" and wounded 300 others during the summer operations in western and northwestern Iran, but no figures about the casualties of IRGC forces were released.

Western Iran witnessed regular armed clashes between Iranian security forces and Kurdish militants, particularly the PJAK forces, an anti-Iran Kurdish group linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

Editor: Fang Yang
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