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Kurdish Residents Allege Iranian Shelling of 2 Villages in Northeastern Iraq

Residents of a Kurdish area in northeastern Iraq are alleging that Iran has fired artillery shells across the border into two villages in Iraq.

Residents say farmland was damaged in the alleged shelling in Penjwin, which is east of Sulaimaniya. No injuries were reported.

Earlier this week, Kurdish leaders said two other villages in northeastern Iraq had been the target of Iranian shelling, prompting frightened residents to flee their homes.

In recent months, Iranian forces have clashed with Kurdish rebels in northwestern Iran. The insurgents are believed to be linked to Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.