Incident Summary:

12/04/2017: Assailants opened fire on Iran Water Resources Management Organization engineers and Iran Border Guard Police officers in Maku, West Azerbaijan, Iran. At least two officers were killed and three other people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Free Life Party.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Azerbaijan


Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Turkish border.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Iran Water Resources Management Organization
Specific Description Engineers
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iran Border Guard Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Free Life Party No
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"WORLD Iranians attacked by PKK treated in Turkey," Turkish Daily, December 5, 2017.
"Iran awaiting Turkey’s detailed report on border attack," Pars Today, December 6, 2017.
"Turkey vows to follow up on deadly shooting on border: Iran," Iran News, December 5, 2017.