The IRGC announced in a statement that a vehicle carrying forces from its Hamzeh Seyyed al-Shohada base was attacked at the entrance of the border city of Piranshahr.
The statement added that three IRGC members, identified as Hasel Ahmadi, Sattar Pirouti and Omid Mollazadeh, were killed and another sustained injuries.
According to the statement, intelligence operations and a manhunt are underway to arrest the fugitive assailants.
Earlier, Piranshahr Governor Ali Torabi said the IRGC members were killed in clashes with “terror groups and counterrevolutionary elements.”
Iran’s Mehr News Agency initially reported that fatalities came after members of the so-called Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan terrorist group opened indiscriminate fire on a vehicle carrying IRGC members near the bus terminal in Piranshahr.
The incident came a week after IRGC servicemen disbanded a team of terrorists in West Azarbaijan.
The IRGC announced in a statement that the terrorists were ambushed as they were trying to infiltrate the country from the province’s Chaldoran. Two terrorists were killed in the clashes and several others were wounded.
Two IRGC servicemen lost their lives during the operation as well, the statement noted.
According to the statement, a considerable amount of weapons, ammunition, and communication equipment were also seized.