Five Iranian security forces have been killed when their vehicle was ambushed by members of the terrorist group of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in northwest Iran, an official says.
The governor of the northwestern city of Maku told Fars news agency on Tuesday that the ambush took place near Turkey's border in Chaldoran region in West Azarbaijan province on Monday.
Hamid Ahmadian said that the bodies of the Iranian security forces have been laid to rest in Maku.
Earlier in the day, a spokesman of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government decried the illegal activities of PJAK terrorist group on Iraqi soil.
General Jabbar Yawar said, "We have repeatedly said that Kurdistan's soil should not be used by any group or country against our neighbors."
On July 17, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) disbanded a terrorist cell linked to the PJAK, killing at least five members of the group.
During another operation on July 25, IRGC forces killed 35 members of the terrorist group, and captured some of the PJAK members.
file photo: Funeral in Qom for IRGC troops killed in July clashes with PJAK
Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Members of the terrorist PJAK group -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
PJAK Leader Offers To Lay Down Arms And Negotiate With Iran - Haji Ahmadi acknowledged that in some cases compromise is inevitable and indicated that PJAK is willing to lay down its arms. He said fighting may not help Kurds secure political and cultural rights in Iran. "We have to find a political and peaceful solution," Haji Ahmadi said. "If we fight each other for hundreds of years and kill dozens of each others' fighters, we will not be able to eliminate them (Iran) nor will they be able get rid of us."
PJAK terrorists attack Basij outpost in northwest Iran
Armed members of the counter-revolutionary group PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) attacked a Basij outpost near the city of Sarvabad in northwest Iran on Wednesday, killing one Basiji and injuring four.
IRGC inflicts heavy casualties on PJAK terrorists: commander
A large number of terrorists member to the counter-revolutionary group PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) have been killed during a clash with Islamic Revolution Guards Corps forces near the city of Sardasht, northwest Iran, according to a local IRGC commander.
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