0735 GMT September 23, 2019
A commander of Iran’s police forces said on Sunday that the terrorists behind the killing of Iranian border guards in the country’s northwest would receive “crushing response.”
General Qassem Rezaei made the remarks during a funeral held for the two Iranian border guards who were killed in clashes with terrorists in Orumieh Province on Saturday afternoon, IRNA reported.
The scuffles erupted between Orumieh border regiment forces and PJAK, an offshoot of Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Seven others were also injured in the clashes, which erupted when the guards were changing posts.
PJAK randomly carries out hit-and-run attacks on Iranian targets, after which they retreat to their lairs in Iraq and Turkey.
Earlier this month, Iran said it welcomed Turkey's plan to build a 144-kilometer wall along its border. Ankara says the wall is aimed at halting the movement of PKK militants who are based in Iraq’s Qandil mountains bordering Iran and Turkey.
Iran's Foreign Ministry welcomes any move that increases the security and stability of the border.
The border wall is reportedly being constructed with three-meter concrete blocks topped off with razor wire, according to Turkish authorities.
Smugglers also use the border to bring in bootleg goods such as alcohol into Iran from Turkey and northern Iraq.
Last month, 10 Iranian border guards were killed and two others wounded in an ambush attack near the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan.
The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. The assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the attack.