300 KDP Gunmen Stormed Urmia

Armed KDP militants, numbering at least 300, including 15 to 30 female fighters, raided the city of Urmiā from the west specifically Apadana and Band Streets, taking control of sensitive parts of the city.

Ettela’at, Kayhan, and Jomhouri Eslami newspapers reported between October 12 and October 16, 1980, that the militants, armed with RPG-7 and AK-47 rifles, first stormed the IRGC headquarters and then proceeded to target other parts of the city, including residential areas killing innocent civilians. In one instant of shootings, KDP militants shot and killed a seven-year-old child.

IRGC and Army forces made some 40 arrests.

A total of 84 military forces and civilians were injured and at least 25 were killed. The armed standoff continued until 5 a.m. October 12, 1980.

Names of the victims who lost their lives were as follows: Ismaeil Berenjabadi, Mohammad Ali Taraqiju, Majid Hassani, IRGC member Vali Tamayoli, Lotfullah Baqbani Khaneshan, Ibrahim Rasuli, Haj Ali Rostami, Amir Vazifeh Shenas, Hossein Heshmati, Shams Ali Qesmatpur, Ali Haqdust, Heshmat Ibrami Sediqi, Zari Karimi, Jafar Hob Naqi, Javad Haji Zadeh, Jafar Purfar, Qassem Niati, Army Private Amir Hushang Nurvakili, Khalil Jalilzadeh, Hossein Hosseinzadeh, Hassan Hosseini Saralani, Davud Naderi, Kazem Khazraei Niai, and Ibrahim Azarshin, a university student.

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