Four Iran police killed in PJAK clashes
Iranian Border Guard Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari
Commander of Iran's border guards says during clashes with the PJAK terrorist group four Iranian police officers have been martyred and four terrorists have been killed or injured.
“Over the past 48 hours four clashes took place in the west of the country with PJAK (the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan) and [other] villains” Iranian Border Guard Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari said on Monday.
At one point members of the PJAK terrorist group launched an attack to take control of a police station, during which four border guards were killed and three others were injured.
Zolfaghari added that the terrorists were unable to achieve their objectives through the resistance of borders guards, and four PJAK members were killed and wounded.
He explained that PJAK is inactive during winter because of weather conditions, but they intensify their operation on the Iran-Turkey border.
On April 1, a group of armed militants reportedly opened fire on a border police station in a village near the city of Marivan, in the western province of Kurdistan.
At least four border guards were killed in the attack and three others were wounded.
On March 24, gunmen killed two Iranian police officers and injured three others in two different terrorist attacks in the Iranian western city of Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province.
PJAK is an offshoot of the internationally-recognized terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which conducts deadly operations in western Iran, northern Iraq and southern Turkey.