Pro-Ahmadinejad cleric killed in west Iran-report

Kurdistan province, bordering Iraq, is the scene of frequent clashes between PJAK militants and Iranian security forces.

Pro-Ahmadinejad cleric killed in west Iran-report

A Sunni cleric who backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran's June election has been assassinated in a Kurdish-populated region, a semi-official news agency reported on Sunday.

Fars News Agency said Borhan Aali, a Friday prayers leader in the city of Sanandaj in western Kurdistan province, was killed by unknown assailants late on Saturday at his home. State radio said he was shot several times.

"He was a prominent cleric in Kurdistan province who worked for Ahmadinejad in the course of the election. He was accepted and respected by all of the people of Sanandaj," Fars said.

Kurdistan province, bordering Iraq, is the scene of frequent clashes between PJAK militants and Iranian security forces.

Like neighbouring Iraq and Turkey, Iran has a large Kurdish minority, mainly living in the country's northwest and west.


Reuters

Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2009, 15:21
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