A former Iranian Kurdish political prisoner and a member of the Organisation of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (known as Khabat) named Akbar Sanjabi was injured today in the explosion of his car in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

According to reports published by the Kurdistan Region’s media, the political activist was severely injured in the left leg and was taken to Erbil’s Emergency Medical Centre.

Iranian courts had previously sentenced Sanjabi to life in prison, accusing him of “membership in the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI)”.

In the past few years, after being sent on temporary leave, he left the country and settled in Erbil.

In 2021, two political activists and members of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI), Behrouz (Rebin) Rahimi and Musa Babakhani, were assassinated by cross-border forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the cities of Sulaimaniyah and Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Although the Islamic Republic of Iran, as in other similar cases, has not claimed responsibility for any of these political assassinations, their respective parties have blamed the Iranian government for the attacks.