Incident Summary:

05/12/2010: On Wednesday, near Zir Ab, in the Piranshahr district of Azarbayjan-e Gharbi, Iran, armed assailants fired upon a military convoy, killing four soldiers, wounding four others, and damaging several convoy vehicles. Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Azerbaijan


Location Details:
The attack took place in Piranshahr, Azarbayjan-e Garbi (West Azarbayjan), Iran.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian Military
Specific Description A military convoy
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Four Soldiers Killed, Four Others Wounded in Armed Attack by PJAK Near Zir Ab, Azarbayjan-E Gharbi, Iran," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 06, 2010.
BBC Worldwide Monitoring, "Kurdish Rebel Group Says it Killed 16 Iranian Soldiers - TV," Factivia, BBC Worldwide Monitoring, May 12, 2010.