14 killed in Iranian shelling on Kurdish opposition in northern Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-08 21:50:43|Editor: zh
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Up to 14 members of Iranian Kurdish opposition were killed Saturday and 39 others wounded in Iranian shelling on two headquarters of Kurdish party in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, a medical source said.

Iranian unmanned plane and artillery pounded in the morning two headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan near the town of Kwisanjaq, killing 14 people, the source from the town's hospital told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Iraqi Kurdish regional government condemned in a statement the airstrike and artillery bombardment which targeted headquarters of the Iranian Kurdish opposition parties and killed and wounded a number of people.

"The (Iranian) attack is totally unacceptable and leads to destabilization of the Kurdistan region and its stability, so we demand that such action not to be repeated and to respect the laws of the Kurdistan region," the Kurdish statement said.

Iranian and Turkish forces frequently attack the military bases of their Kurdish opposition parties in the mountainous area in Kurdistan in north and northeastern Iraq as they accuse the Kurdish opposition of carrying out attacks back in their homes from the Iraqi Kurdish region.