0818 GMT July 07, 2020
Three Iranian border guards were killed during clashes with members of a terrorist group in the country’s northwestern province of West Azarbaijan and on the border with Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region.
Commander of Iran's Border Guards Brigadier General Qassem Rezaei expressed condolences over the death of the border guards, saying that the Iranian forces are precisely monitoring the country’s borders.
He added that all the country’s border guards are fulfilling their duty in line with defending the country’s territorial integrity, according to IRNA.
The border guards lost their lives in a gunfight that took place at a border post near the city of Sardasht, located some 730 kilometers (453 miles) west of the capital, on Friday, Press TV wrote.
The report added that a number of armed assailants were killed in the process as well.
Even though there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, border posts in the area have come under attack in the past by members of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) terrorist group – an offshoot of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.
Over the past years, Iranian security forces and border guards have engaged in clashes with foreign-backed terror groups, many of whom cross the country's borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to carry out attacks.
Tehran has frequently asked its neighbors to step up security at the common borders to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.