Rebels in Iran kill 5 Revolutionary Guards

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting an armed group has killed five members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the Iraqi border.

The Thursday report by Fars quotes an unnamed official as saying two other members of the Guards were wounded in the midday clash with “counterrevolutionary armed guerrillas” near the Kurdish town of Baneh, some 305 miles (488 km) west of Tehran.

The report did not name any group but the area is scene of occasional clashes between government forces and rebels.

This was the most serious incident between the two sides since April 2012, when four troops from the Guards were killed in clashes with rebels in the Kurdish area.

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