Iran Says Eight Khlaq Members Killed in Deadly Clashes with Government Troops
Eight members of the Iranian outlawed group, Mujahedden Khalq, were killed and one other was injured Saturday in clashes with government troops in a region bordering Iraq, said the official Iranian news agency (IRNA).
“They intended to infiltrate in Iran's mountainous heights of Koud Kouh in south of Khosrowi while the Iranian forces launched a surprise attack against them,” a statement said, cited by the agency.
It added that a considerable amount of arms and ammunition were seized from the outlawed members as a result of the operation.
The report contradicted an earlier claim from the Mujahedeen, which said the group killed or wounded dozens of Iranian government forces in clashes in Kermanshah province that were continuing into the night, according to AFP.
In a statement faxed to the agency in Nicosia, the Mujahedeen said extensive clashes broke out early Saturday between its units and combined intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guard forces in the Gilan e-Gharb region.
It said the clashes spread rapidly to large areas of the province and were still continuing at 8:00 p.m. (1430 GMT).
Government forces received a "severe blow ... in the first hour of the clashes and left behind several dead and wounded," the statement said.
They then called in reinforcements and, at 5:00 p.m., forces of the Fourth Brigade of the 81st Division were sent in, along with army helicopters from Kermanshah – Albawaba.com
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