Ravansar and Sanandaj police station attacks

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Ravansar and Sanandaj police station attacks
Part of Iran–PJAK conflict
Date 24-25 April, 2009
Location Kordestan Province, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Result

Indecisive

  • Major casualties to Iranian security forces
  • Shelling of PJAK positions in Iraqi Kurdistan
Belligerents
Iran Iran Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK)
Casualties and losses
10-18 policemen killed 8-10+ PJAK militants killed
Total: 20-26+ killed

Ravansar and Sanandaj police station attacks were staged by PJAK militants on April 24 and 25, 2009, targeting Iranian police stations in Ravansar, Kermanshah province and Sanandaj, Kordestan province. The attacks, considered among the most costly for Iranian security forces, resulted in 20 to 26 killed, including at least 10 police officers.

Background[edit]

Main article: Iran–PJAK conflict

Attacks[edit]

On April 24, 2009, PJAK rebels attacked a police station in Kermanshah province. According to updated reports 18 policemen and 8 rebels were killed in a fierce gun battle.[1] According to Iranian government sources, the attack resulted in 10 policemen and 10 rebels killed.[1] According to Hiedelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, the attack, which occurred on April 24 and 25, involved PJAK attacks on two police stations in the cities of Ravansar in northern Kermanshah province and in Sanandaj, the capital of Kordestan province, killing eleven police officers, with more than ten PJAK members reportedly killed.[2]

Aftermath[edit]

Iran responded a week later by attacking Kurdish villages in the border area of Panjwin inside Iraq using helicopter gunships. According to Iraqi border guards officials, the area attacked by Iran was not considered a stronghold of PJAK, that appeared to have been the target of the raid. According to the ICRC, more than 800 Iraqi Kurds have been forced from their homes by the recent cross-border violence.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Death toll 26 in battle with rebels, Gulf Times, May 2009.
  2. ^ Hiedelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, Conflict Barometer 2009. [1]
  3. ^ Iran helicopters strike Iraq Kurd villages, AFP, May 2009.