Incident Summary:

04/24/2009: On Friday, ten police officers were killed in an attack on their headquarters in the western Kurdish town of Ravansar, Kermanshah, Iran by members of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan. Ten militants were also killed during the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iranian Law Enforcement
Specific Description Assailants attacked police headquarters in Ravansar, Iran.
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Free Life Party (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
New York Times, "Three Die in Turkey in Shootout Between Police and Militant", New York Times, April 27, 2008.
Aljazeera, "Policemen Killed in Iran Clashes ",, April 8, 2009.
Xinhua General News Service, "Iran's Police Says Most PJAK Rebels Not Iranian: Report", LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua General News Service, April 29, 2009.