Troops from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force killed five members of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist group in a border area in the northwest of Iran.
According to the public relations department of the IRGC’s Hamze Sayyid al-Shohada base, members of the terrorist cell were killed in an ambush after extensive intelligence activities in the Sardasht region in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.
The statement also noted that a remarkable amount of weapons, ammunition and documents were seized from the terrorists after the operation.
The slain terrorists were those behind last month’s assassination of two local Basij members in the border city of Sardasht, and another engineer who was engaged in development projects that the IRGC carried out in border areas to tackle economic deprivation, the statement added.
PJAK is an offshoot of the internationally-recognized terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has conducted deadly operations in western Iran, northern Iraq and southern Turkey. PJAK terrorists are involved in regular armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country’s western border with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.