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Iranian forces clash with Kurdish separatist group


Iranian forces have clashed with Kurdish fighters in Iran's north western border region and arrested a suspect in the killing of a prosecutor.

Vali Hajgholizadeh, state prosecutor for Khoy city in west Iran was shot dead outside his home on 18 January.

Regional officials said the The Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) claimed to have carried out the attack.

Several PJAK fighters were killed in the clashes and one man was arrested, semi-official news agency Mehr said.

Local officials have lauded Mr Hajgholizadeh as tough prosecutor.

Mehr quoted the province's governor as saying "the person behind the assassination was arrested".

Four men had already been arrested last week in connection with the attack.

The region has been the scene of frequent clashes with Kurdish groups who want to establish their own state.

PJAK was formed in 2004 and is affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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