Iranian security forces have arrested a Kurdish civilian named Behzad Adwai without an arrest warrant in Selin village of Sarvabad district in Kurdistan province on 23 February, and have taken him to an unknown location, sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

Reportedly, security forces raided the house of another civilian from the same village named Abdul Rahman Abdi, breaking the door and windows of the house and trying to arrest him, but failed to do so.

Previously on 12 January, a military convoy of security forces had raided the houses of three Kurdish citizens in the village and detained the 31-year-old Akram Adwai and 24-year-old Siamak Adwai. Also on 18 January, Fardin Adwai, another resident of the village, had been arrested by security forces after being summoned to the city’s intelligence office and then transferred to an unknown location.

After their arrest, the three citizens had said, during a short phone call, that they were being held in the detention centre of the intelligence office in Marivan.

More than 100 people have been detained during a new wave of arrests of Kurdish citizens and activists since 9 January. The names of at least 92 Kurdish citizens and activists have so far been registered by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network.