Rockets hit Iran Kurd rebel headquarters in Iraq, killing 11

Rockets hit Iran Kurd rebel headquarters in Iraq, killing 11
An official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran blamed Tehran for the attack.
2 min read
08 September, 2018
Smoke billows after a Katyusha rocket attack in Iraq [Getty]

A rocket attack struck the Iraqi headquarters of an Iranian Kurdish group on Saturday, killing at least 11.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) has carried out sporadic attacks inside Iran from its rear-bases in Iraq and is blacklisted as a "terrorist" group by Tehran.

The leftist organisation was holding a meeting at the time of the attack, one of its officials told AFP

He blamed the attack on Tehran.

"Eleven KDPI members were killed and 30 wounded by Katyusha rockets fired on their headquarters in Koysinjaq," Kamran Abbas, director of the city's hospital, told AFP

Koysinjaq is about 60km (35 miles) east of the autonomous Kurdish region's capital Erbil.

The KDPI is Iran's oldest Kurdish movement and has seen several of its leaders assassinated by Tehran in the past.

Iranian security forces have also carried out repeated operations against KDPI bases in the mountainous terrain along the border.

In a separate incident on Saturday, Iran executed three alleged Kurdish separatists - Ramin Hossein Panahi as well as cousins Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi - despite criticism by the UN and rights groups that they had been tortured in prison.

Zaniar and Loghman had said they "confessed" to murder after being tortured, threatened with rape and denied access to their lawyers and families. 

Panahi was denied medical care for injuries suffered during his imprisonment, including from reported beating with cables. He was accused of membership in the separatist group Komala and for planning to bomb a rally in Iran's Kurdish province last June.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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