The strikes were reported after Iranian authorities accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in a spate of unrest now shaking Iran, especially in the northwest where most of the country’s population of over 10 million Kurds lives
An injured member of the Iranian Kurdish nationalist group Komala, is treated by a doctor in the village of Zrgoiz, Iraq Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they fired missiles and drones at militant targets in the Kurdish region of neighbouring northern Iraq, and warned of more attacks to come. Nine people were killed and 24 wounded in the attacks near Erbil and Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan, its health minister Saman Barazanchi said.
The strikes were reported after Iranian authorities accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in a spate of unrest now shaking Iran, especially in the northwest where most of the country’s population of over 10 million Kurds lives. Iraqi Kurdish sources said drone strikes targeted at least 10 bases of Iranian Kurds near Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday morning, without elaborating about casualties. A senior member of Komala, an exiled Iranian Kurdish opposition party, said several of their offices were struck as well. Tariq Haidari, mayor of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Koye, said that two people including a pregnant woman were killed and 12 others wounded there. Some of the wounded were rushed in critical condition to a hospital in Erbil, he said.
“This operation will continue with our full determination until the threat is effectively repelled, terrorist group bases are dismantled, and the authorities of the Kurdish region assume their obligations and responsibilities,” the Guards said. Protests erupted in Iran this month over the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody.
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