KDP-I Secretary accuses Iran of targeting party’s HQ with blasts

KDP-I Secretary accuses Iran of targeting party’s HQ with blasts
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SULAIMANI – The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDP-I) has accused Iran of targeting the party after a double explosion targeted the party’s headquarters in Koya on Tuesday night (December 20), killing seven, including five Peshmerga and two members of Asayish, and wounding five others.

“The KDP-I has no issue with any party. It is normal for the Islamic Republic of Iran to target the KDP-I as we only have problems with Iran. It’s not only happened now, our leaders were also assassinated in the past,” KDP-I Secretary, Khalid Azizi, told NRT on Wednesday (December 21).

Iranian officials have threatened the KDP-I in the last few months, Azizi added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to spoil the tranquility of the region and it has directly targeted the KDP-I,” he noted.

The double explosion, reported to be from two motorcycle bombs, targeted the KDP-I headquarters in Koya on Tuesday night (December 20).

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and six factions in the Kurdistan Parliament as well as Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) denounced the twin blast targeting the KDP-I headquarters in Koya, east of the Kurdistan Region's capital city Erbil.

Clashes between KDP-I fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards in northwestern Iran in June and July left several dead on both sides.

Iran's seven million Kurds make up around 10 percent of the population. Most live in Kurdistan, a region in the northwest on the border with Iraq.

(NRT)