Two dead in clashes between rival Kurdish groups in Iran

Deadly clash erupts between two Kurdish armed groups on Iranian border

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The outlawed PKK and Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) had a deadly gun fight in the mountainous border area of Iran which caused the loss of at least two fighters from the KDPI side, Rudaw reported.

“Early this morning, the outlawed PKK attacked our Peshmerga and unfortunately what we were afraid of, just happened,” Mohammad Saleh Qadri, KDPI's spokesman said on Sunday.

According to the source, a large number of KDPI forces returned to old bases in the mountainous region of Iraq and Iran border which raised tensions between two groups. 

Unhappy with the reinforcements, the outlawed PKK warned the forces to leave and then surrounded the KDPI Peshmerga forces in the area.

Muhammad Salih Qadiri, member of the KDPI politburo, on Sunday said that the recent deployment of their forces was a warning to the Iranian regime as well as a show of support for the recent protests in Iranian Kurdish cities and towns.

“Several KDPI Peshmerga came to the area, which has been under our control for a long time. They wanted to establish a base in the area, but we have insisted they leave the area immediately,” Damhat Agid, head of outlawed-PKK foreign relations said on Saturday.

The KDPI is a Kurdish-Iranian party that has struggled for Kurdish rights in Iran for decades. The group has been based in the Kurdistan region of Iraq for more than 30 years.

The outlawed PKK is a Kurdish nationalist organisation based in Turkey, but has been highly active in the Iranian border areas. The group has been listed by the US as a foreign terrorist organisation since the 1990s.

The outlawed PKK has been investigated by Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Turkey for engaging in acts of extortion, assassinations, narcotic and sex trafficking.

The organisation’s involvement in these activities was acknowledged by US State Department executive order 13224 in 2001.

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