KOYA, Kurdistan Region—The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) will not respond to terrorist attacks with terrorism, said Khalid Azizi, the leader of the group at the burial ceremony of a number of his party members who were killed in a twin bomb attack on their headquarters Tuesday night.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to create an atmosphere of instability,” he told reporters at the burial ceremony. “Terrorism is sewn into Iran, but terrorism does not scare the KDP,”
Five of his fighters and a security guard were killed Tuesday night when a twin bomb attack targeted Azizi’s party office in Koya. KDP-I better known locally as HDK is a splinter group of the KDPI led by Mustafa Hejri.
Azizi said that members of his party were marking the assassination day of their leader Abdulrahman Ghassemlou, killed in Vienna in 1989, “when Iran responded with an attack that killed five of us,”
Azizi called on all Kurdish parties to stay united and face changes sweeping across the Middle East together.
Rudaw correspondent in Koya said that the security forces have launched an investigation into last night’s bombing and are looking into KDP-I surveillance cameras.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) that is in charge of Koya’s security condemned the attack and urged the KDP-I “to cooperate with the security forces in their investigations in order to find the truth and bring the culprits to justice,”