Four Kurdish rebels killed by IRGC: report

08:59, July 25, 2011      

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Four members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) were killed in an exchange of fire with the Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the local satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

During the clash which took place Saturday night in the Zamziran pass outside northwestern Sardasht city, two of IRGC forces were also killed and another was injured.

On Friday, a vehicle carrying a number of IRGC personnel struck an explosive landmine in northwestern Iran and its six soldiers including a colonel were killed, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The IRGC personnel were killed in the Alvatan region near the Kurdish city of Sardasht bordering Iraq, as their vehicle hit the landmine laid by the Kurdish militants of PJAK.

Last week, the local media said that IRGC killed five Kurdish rebels and wounded several in northwestern Iran.

The IRGC managed to destroy the biggest compound of "anti- revolutionary" forces near the northwestern city of Sardasht late Saturday and Sunday, said the reports.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region, according to Press TV.

Western Iran witnessed regular armed clashes between security forces and Kurdish militant parties, in particular PJAK, an anti- Iran Kurdish group linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

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