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Iran condemns “terror” attack near border with Turkey – Xinhua (www.xinhuanet.com)

TEHRAN, June 25 (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned a recent “terrorist” attack near Turkey’s border with Iran, during which a mortar shell hit Iran’s territory, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.

According to Turkish media reports, on the evening of June 23, an armed clash took place between “terrorist” groups and Turkish military forces near the Iranian border. In the incident, two Turkish border guards were injured, one of whom died later.

Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, expressed regret over the incident and extended sympathy with the victims.

He also condemned the “terrorist elements” moving between the two countries and their attack on the border and military forces which have led to the death of forces in both countries.

Mousavi said that as a result of Tuesday clash, a mortar shell hit the territory of Iran, which had no casualties.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has claimed responsibility for attacks on Turkey’s security forces and for a number of sabotage acts on energy pipelines from Iran to Turkey.

It has fought a 30-year war against the Turkish government, claiming the lives of more than 40,000. Enditem

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