Incident Summary:

01/18/2010: On Monday night, two unidentified gunmen opened fire on Vali Haji-Qolizadeh, the city prosecutor of Khoy, outside his home in the town. He was shot twice and died. Four suspects were arrested. No group claimed the responsibility for this incident, however it is reported that the prosecutor was threatened by Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorists several times over the past few days.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Azerbaijan


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Khoy City Prosecutors Office
Specific Description City prosecutor, Vali Haji-Qolizadeh, was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Los Angeles Times, "Provincial Court Official Shot Dead by Unknown Gunmen near Turkish Border," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2010.
Thai Press Reports, "Iran Gunmen Assassinate Prosecutor in Northwestern Iran," LexisNexis Academic, Thai Press Reports, January 20, 2010.
BBC Monitoring, "Four Suspects Detained Due to Killing of Provincial Prosecutor," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring, January 19, 2010.