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Iran's police kill 10 PJAK militants

Source: Press TV

Iranian police officers have killed ten PJAK militants in fresh clashes in Ravansar town, in western Iran, reports deputy Kermanshah governor.

Fighting erupted late Friday night after terrorist PJAK forces attacked a police station in the town of Ravansar, situated in the northern part of Kermanshah, said Political and Security Deputy of Kermanshah the Governor Office, Hojatollah Damyad.

Burial of victims of Ravansar attack


"The clashes led to the killing of ten militants and the injury of several others. A number of local police officers were killed in the incident as well," Damyad added.

The separatist terrorist group is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The PKK is an armed-separatist group -- recognized by much of the international community as a terrorist group -- that carries out attacks and deadly bombings against Turkey, Iran, and Syria from its bases in the mountainous regions of northern Iraq.

The PJAK terrorist group is organized and financially supported by the United States and western governments, the Kermanshah Deputy Governor noted.

The western region of Iran has been witnessing a series of deadly clashes in recent years between the Iranian security forces and the rebel Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

Rahman Haji-Ahmadi is the ringleader of the PJAK who has spread the activity of the group to Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Ilam provinces.

Iran arrests terrorist ahead of elections

Iran has arrested a "terrorist team" who were planning bombings in Tehran ahead of the June presidential elections, intelligence minister said.

Iranian intelligence forces arrest members of a terrorist team who were planning bombings in Tehran ahead of Iran's presidential elections.

"A terrorist team consisting of elements linked to Israel were arrested," IRNA quoted Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i as saying on Sunday.

"The terrorists planned to carry out a number of bombings in Tehran and create chaos in the run up to the June presidential elections," he added.

"Based on our intelligence, the Israeli regime seeks to use anti-Revolution elements in the development of its evil schemes," Mohseni-Eje'i said.

The Iranian minister did not disclose further details but called on the nation to be vigilant in the face of enemy plots.

Iran maintains that Israel seeks to raise fear and destabilize the Islamic Republic through psychological warfare.

In 2008, Iran arrested 45-year-old Ali Ashtari on charges of gathering sensitive military and defense information for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

Ashtari was found guilty of espionage and sentenced to death.

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