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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Unknown gunmen killed two people and injured a lawmaker and a local governor in western Iran after opening fire on their car, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported.

The Tasnim agency reported Sunday that four gunmen blocked the car and opened fire. The driver and a local veterinary official were killed. Pro-reform lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh sustained minor injuries, and the local governor of the Dalahoo district and a fishery official were also injured.

The gunmen fled toward the Iraqi border, according to the Tasnim report.

In recent weeks, Iranian forces and Kurdish separatists have clashed in western Iran. Iran said its forces have killed dozens of insurgents in the country's western provinces near Iraq, which have a large Kurdish minority.

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