A senior member of the militant group that is being pursued by the Iranian military on the border with Iraq has been killed, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.
"Majid Kawyan, deputy head commander of PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), was killed on Saturday," IRNA said, quoting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps which is conducting the military operation. He died of shrapnel wounds, it said.
Kurdish Firat News Agency quoted a PJAK statement saying Kawyan, also known as Simko Serhildan, joined PJAK -- an offshoot of Turkey's militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- in 1999. He died while commanding militants in the Qotaman mountain area, it said.
ReutersLast Mod: 07 Eylül 2011, 15:02