Iran launched new cross-border missile and drone strikes Monday against Iraq-based Kurdish opposition groups it accuses of stoking unrest at home, killing at least one person according to local authorities.
Iran has been rocked by almost two months of protests sparked by the death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest by the notorious morality police for allegedly breaching the strict dress code for women.
Tehran accuses Kurdish-Iranian opposition groups based in northern Iraq of stoking the “riots”. Iran already launched attacks in late September that killed more than a dozen people in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region.
In Monday’s barrage, “five Iranian missiles targeted a building used by the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran”, the mayor of Koysanjaq in Iraqi Kurdistan, Tariq al-Haidari, told AFP.
The region’s health ministry said “one person is dead and eight were wounded. They are Iranian Kurds.”
Plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the strikes, in videos shared on social media from the mountainous Kurdistan region.