Iranian border guards have opened fire on and killed a young kolbar named Zhiyan Alipour in the Alan border area in Sardasht, West Azerbaijan province, at 23:00 local time on 14 October.

Border forces shot the kolbar at a close range without prior notice.

His body was transferred to the forensic medicine department in Sardasht and has not yet been returned to his family.

Zhiyan Alipour, 32, was from the Bezhveh village in Sardasht and had two children.

One of the kolbar’s brothers, Houshmand Alipour, had previously been sentenced to death for “membership in the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK)”. In 2020, the Iranian Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

Kolbar deaths and injuries in September

According to statistics compiled by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, in September, at least 14 Kurdish kolbars lost their lives in the border areas of Iranian Kurdistan.

Iranian border forces shot at least eight of these kolbars in the country’s western borders, five of whom lost their lives while three were wounded.

Additionally, one kolbar lost his life due to a heart attack, and two died falling from mountain heights after running from border forces.

Also, on 20 September, the Turkish army killed two Kurdish kolbars named Sozdar Ahmadi and Alishan Ahmadi in the border area between Turkey and Iran’s Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan province.

The two kolbars lost their lives after a Turkish drone strike targeted a group of kolbars.

Another kolbar was injured falling from mountain heights.