Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in a training camp. Photo: ARA News
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ERBIL – Clashes erupted in the city of Shanu in western Iran on Friday, where Kurdish rebels attacked an Iranian army base, officials sources reported.
The Peshmerga fighters of Iranian Kurdistan launched an offensive on government troops near the Hamza army base in Shanu, which led to heavy clashes.
“The Kurdish fighters hit the army base with several mortar shells, killing at least three Iranian forces and wounding a dozen more,” spokesman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) Dara Natiq told ARA News.
“The Iranian army responded to the attack by using heavy weapons, targeting the Peshmerga positions,” Natiq said.
The clashes resulted in the death and injury of 12 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, according to the official source.
“The ongoing operations by the Peshmergas are aimed at showing the Iranian authorities our ability to infiltrate into their power centres,” Natiq told ARA News. “The tyrannical government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has left the Kurds no other choice than taking up arms and fighting for their rights.”
Meanwhile, leadership of the governmental Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG) said in a statement on Friday evening that their forces were able to repel the offensive, describing it as a “terror attack”.
“The clashes of Hamza army base have ended, and the terrorists were forced to retreat,” IRG official spokesman Mohammed Bakbur said.
Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng
Source: ARA News