The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) stationed in the border area of Bamo in the Ezgeleh district of Salas-e Babajani, Kermanshah province, western Iran, shot dead Qazi Mustafa, a 50-year-old resident of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, while he was extinguishing a fire in the border areas.

A source that spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said: “On 11 July, a mountainous area near the village of Kani Pasha caught fire and a group of residents went to the area to extinguish the fire. After several hours, the fire was extinguished, and the people returned to the village, but Qazi Mustafa, who had gone to the border area to extinguish the fire, disappeared.”

The source added: “The next day, after a search by the people, blood and bullet marks were found on the ground in the Kurdistan Region, and it was discovered that the IRGC forces had shot him and then dragged him to Iran.”

After Qazi Mustafa’s family travelled to Iran, it was revealed that he had been killed by the IRGC forces and was transferred to the Department of Forensic Medicine in the city of Kermanshah, Kermanshah province.

On 16 July, Qazi Mustafa’s body was transferred to the Kurdistan Region via the Parviz Khan official border crossing in Kermanshah province and buried in Halabja.

Qazi Mustafa Ali was a father of two and a cattle farmer from the village of Kani Pasha in Halabja, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

In recent days, IRGC forces injured at least three more civilians in the Garmak border area in the city of Panjwin in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq while extinguishing fires in the border areas.