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Iranian shelling reported in northern Iraq

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  • Shelling hit border villages in Qandil mountains area in Sulaimaniya province
  • Authorities: Party of Free Life of Kurdistan is based in the region
  • Kurdish region a contiguous area that spread across Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey
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By CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iranian artillery shells rained down on villages in northern Iraq Wednesday where Kurdish rebels were thought to be operating.

A security official with Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government in Sulaimaniya confirmed the information.

The early-morning shelling hit border villages in Qandil mountains area in Sulaimaniya province and there were no reports of casualties.

Authorities say the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan is based in the region.

It is is part of an alliance of Kurdish rebel groups that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which conducts attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq.

The Kurdish region is a contiguous area that spread across Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey and the Kurdish rebels in those regions are fighting for an independent Kurdish state.

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