Members of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) gather during a funeral of victims who were killed in a bomb attack at the offices of the PDKI in Koy Sanjak, east of Erbil, Iraq, Dec 21, 2016. (REUTERS)

October 8, 2021

A Kurdish political party in Iran said Tuesday that its operatives killed an Iranian intelligence agent allegedly responsible for killing Kurdish activists.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said that Khidir Pirotipenah was killed in a military operation. Pirotipenah “was responsible for the assassination of several Kurdish activists and freedom fighters,” the PDKI said in a tweet.

The PDKI is one of several Kurdish dissident groups in Iran that seeks greater autonomy for Kurds in the country. Like other Kurdish parties with armed wings, PDKI has a presence in the neighboring Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Iran has attacked the PDKI in the region for years.

The news follows a series of escalations between Iranian Kurdish groups and the Iranian government. An Iranian Kurdish politician was found dead in an Erbil hotel room in August. In September, human rights groups accused Iranian intelligence of killing a Kurdish activist.

The same month, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it dismantled an unspecified “terrorist” group in the Kurdistan Province in western Iran. An IRGC commander also warned the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq about hosting Kurdish groups from Iran recently.

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