Saturday, 9 May 2009

Reuters: Twenty killed in clash in western Iran-report

TEHRAN, April 25 (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 10 Iranian police in an attack in western Iran late on Friday, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.ISNA said 10 "armed bandits" were also killed in the clash in Kermanshah province, which borders Iraq and is home to many of the Islamic Republic's minority Kurds.

ISNA did not give detail on the identity of the attackers.Iranian forces often clash with guerrillas from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PKK took up arms in 1984 to fight for a Kurdish homeland in southeast Turkey. (Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by )

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