Incident Summary:

04/02/2011: On Saturday night around 0200, in Marivan, Kordistan, Iran, unknown gunmen opened fire and threw a grenade on a border guard post, killing three soldiers, a police officer and wounding two soldiers. Clashes between the gunmen and soldiers broke out and lasted over 45 minutes. Four of the gunmen were killed while one was wounded and left behind his weapon. It is unknown if the attack caused any property damage. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Iranian security officials report that the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan is responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iranian Police
Specific Description A border police station was targeted in the attack.
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms and a grenade 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 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Grenade Attack Kills Four Security Force Personnel in Iran's Kurdistan,” Terrorism Watch Report, Agence France Presse, April 4, 2011.
Mehr News Agency, "Terrorists Kill Four Police Officers in West Iran," LexisNexis Academic, Mehr News Agency, April 3, 2011.
Xinhua News Agency, "Iran Accuses PJAK of Kurdistan Terror Attack," Xinhua News Agency, April 3, 2011.