Press Shia – Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazzem Seddiqi lauded last week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on the KDP-I terrorist group’s positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Press Shia – Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people in Tehran on Friday, Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said, "The IRGC's powerful missile attack on the gathering of KDP-I was precise and indicated Iran's intelligence dominance over the terrorist groups."
He hailed the IRGC forces' deterrence and defensive power.
Seddiqi's remarks came after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in a statement confirmed the Saturday missile strikes against the headquarters of Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (KDP-I) terrorist group in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, vowing harsher response if terrorist attacks continue.
The statement said on Sunday that the missile strikes were launched after the terrorist group launched attacks on bordering areas in Iran, fomented insecurity and conducted sabotage acts in West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in Western Iran.
"The IRGC Aerospace Force's missile unit in cooperation with the IRGC Ground Force's drone unit targeted the headquarters and a meeting of the leaders of a filthy and criminal grouplet and a center for training affiliated terrorists with 7 short-range ground-to-ground missiles yesterday (Saturday)," it added, noting that the center was destroyed and tens of leaders and key agents of the grouplet were killed and wounded.
The statement underlined that the missile attacks were launched after the ringleaders of the terrorist groups neglected the serious warnings of the Iraqi Kurdistan region officials about the Islamic Republic's determination to remove their bases and end their aggressive and terrorist acts against Iran.
According to Fars News Agancy, it underlined the Iranian security and Armed Forces' vigilance to safeguard the country's territories, warning the terrorist groups that there will be more crushing response if they risk to resume attacks on the Islamic Republic.
On Saturday morning, Iranian missiles targeted the headquarters of the KDP-I and the Democratic Party of the Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) terrorist groups in Koya.
The missiles specifically targeted the KDP-I’s political bureau, the PDKI’s training center, and a Peshmerga complex.
According to the KDP-I’s statement, the bombardment killed 14 members of the two parties and injured 40 more. The Secretary of KDP-I, Mustafa Mawludi, and his predecessor, Khalid Azizi, were also among those wounded during the attack.
The party also revealed the identities of the fallen members, which were: Karim Mahdawi (Karim Saqzi), Ibrahim Ibrahimi (Braim Zewayi), Nasrin Hadad, Rahman Piroti, Suhaila Qadri, Hashim Azizi, Osman Osmani, Karim Rasulzada (Mam Sherko), Hawre Karsaz (Hawre Shekhani), Peshawa Said Omar, Jamal Akbari, and Mansour Akbaripur.
The statement mentioned that two Peshmerga members of the other party, the PDKI, were also killed and their names are yet to be announced.
The KDP-I added that two other members of its party are yet to be found, and are believed to be trapped under the rubble of buildings hit by missiles.