Iran TV: Revolutionary Guards killed 5 Kurdish separatists

AP News
Posted: Jun 13, 2016 8:37 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A firefight between Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards and Kurdish militants in western Iran left five militants dead, Iran's state TV reported on Monday.

The TV said the five were members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, which is the Iranian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in Turkey.

It said the Revolutionary Guards ambushed the militants in northwestern Sardasht area but didn't elaborate as to when the shootout happened or provide more details. Weapons and ammunition were confiscated from the five at the site of the clash, the TV said.

Iran occasionally reports on such shootouts and clashes between Iranian forces and members of the Kurdish militant groups.

Separately, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported a clash in the country's restive Sistan-Baluchistan province near the border with Pakistan, saying Iranian security forces killed five members of the Jaish al-Adl group there on Monday. Tehran has branded the group a terrorist organization.

An Iranian police officer was also killed in the clash, Gen. Hossein Rahimi, the province's chief of police was quoted by IRNA as saying.

Sistan-Baluchistan, the site of frequent clashes with drug traffickers, lies on a major transit route for opium and heroin being smuggled from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.