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Iranian border guard killed in clashes with armed elements

The file photo shows an Iranian border guard

An Iranian border guard has been killed in clashes with armed elements in country's northwestern Kordestan Province.

In a statement released on Saturday, Iranian police identified the guard as Majid Shiripaz from the city of Khomein in Markazi Province.

Shiripaz, police said, was killed in a shootout with counter-revolutionary forces at the zero point of the Iran-Iraq border in the town of Marivan.

Another border guard was injured in the battle, the police statement added.

The armed counter-revolutionary elements were trying to illegally enter Iran but had to go back after the border guards opened fire on them. The militants suffered heavy casualties, according to the statement.

Iranian forces usually engage in clashes with terrorist groups in border regions and most of times manage to thwart their attempts to infiltrate the country and carry out attacks.

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