Incident Summary:

02/17/2001: Three mortar shells exploded in Qasr-e-Shirin, Iran which lies near the border with Iraq. The People's Mujahideen, the Iraq-based Iranian armed opposition group, claimed responsibility in a statement faxed to Agence France Presse. Iran's government did not release any casualty information regarding the attack.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian State Security Forces and Anti-Riot Units
Specific Description The headquarters of the state security forces and of anti-riot units in Qasr-e-Shirin
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Three 120 millimeter mortars were fired.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200102140001; 200102170001). In their statement, the People's Mujahideen said that its forces had carried out nine operations inside Iran on the same date, although not all of the attacks could be confirmed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iranian city on Iraqi border hit by mortar bombs: TV," Agence France Presse, February 17, 2001.