Over 40 members of an anti-Iran terrorist group have been killed during deadly fighting with Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
Sixty members of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) had entered Afghanistan with the help of intelligence forces from the United Arab Emirates with the aim of carrying out raids in Iran, Pouya News reported on Sunday.
The group, which was faced with strong resistance from the Iranian troops stationed on the border attempted to withdraw when it came under heavy Taliban fire from the Afghan side.
The deadly battle left over 40 MKO terrorists and an unknown number of Taliban militants dead, Pouya News said.
The MKO was founded in Iran in the 1960s, but its top leadership and members fled the country some twenty years later after carrying out a series of assassinations and bombings inside the country.
The group is especially notorious for the help it extended to former dictator Saddam Hussein during the war Iraq imposed on Iran (1980-1988) and in the massacre of thousands of innocent Iraqis.