Iranian Kurds Group (PJAK) attack Lawmaker in western region

Iranian Kurds Group (PJAK) attack Lawmaker in western region

TEHRAN, July 10, (APP/AFP) - An Iranian lawmaker and a local official have been wounded and their driver killed in an assassination attempt in a Kurdish-speaking province in the west of the country, media said Sunday.

Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh -- who represents the town of Islam Abad Gharb in Kermanshah province -- was visiting the area with an unidentified local official when four gunmen in a vehicle opened fire on their car, the ISNA news agency reported.

After the attack the assailants set fire to their own car and fled the scene on foot, ISNA said, quoting Farhad Tajari, a parliamentarian from the town of Qasr-e Shirin on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Ahmad Safari, a lawmaker from Kermanshah city, told Mizan Online

that the attackers belonged to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an Iranian Kurdish group with close links to Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Since mid-June, Iranian forces have frequently clashed with

militants on the country's predominantly Kurdish western borders, leaving

33 rebels and six soldiers dead.

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