Iran says five rebels killed in Kurdish region
There have been increasing reports of clashes in the northwest after a period of relative calm in the past year or more
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran out training (AFP)
Published date: 26 June 2016 16:16 UTC | Last update: 6 years 9 months ago
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said it killed five armed rebels in recent clashes along its border with Iraqi Kurdistan, state media reported.
A statement from the Guards, published late on Saturday by official news agency IRNA, said "five armed rebels linked to counter-revolutionary groups" were killed the night before.
It did not give the name of the rebel group, though a number of separatist Kurdish insurgencies are known to be active in the region.
The commander the Revolutionary Guards' ground forces, General Mohammad Pakpour, threatened to target Kurds across the border in northern Iraq.
"Since the main bases of these terrorists are in northern Iraq, if they don't follow through with commitments to stop these attacks, their bases will be targeted where they are," said the Iranian general.
There have been increasing reports of clashes in the northwest after a period of relative calm in the past year or more.
The Guards said on 16 June that similar clashes had led to the death of 12 "terrorists" and three Iranian soldiers in the city of Oshnavieh.
That followed reports that five Kurdish rebels were killed in the region a few days earlier.
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