Gunmen kill 4 police in Iran's Kurdish area

October 7, 2010 23:41


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TEHRAN — A pair of gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in Iran's Kurdish region on Thursday, killing four officers and a bystander, the Iranian official news agency reported.

The attack took place in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan province some 310 miles (500 kilometers) west of Tehran, where authorities have been battling a separatist Kurdish movement for years.

"In this terrorist incident five were killed including four policemen and a pedestrian," Col. Ebrahim Kazeminejad, the provincial deputy police chief told the IRNA news agency.

Five other policemen and four civilians were wounded in the attack, one of them in serious condition.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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