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Turkey vows to retaliate after diplomat killed in Iraq’s Erbil

Turkey vows to retaliate after diplomat killed in Iraq’s Erbil

Agencies
Ankara
Turkey vowed to retaliate after an employee of Ankara’s consulate in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was killed in a shooting on Wednesday. The Turkish foreign ministry confirmed in a statement that an “employee was martyred” in an “atrocious attack” outside the consulate in Erbil.
On Wednesday afternoon, at least one gunman fired on Turkish consulate workers in a restaurant in Ainkawa, a northern Arbil neighbourhood that hosts numerous restaurants and the Turkish consulate.
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin vowed on Twitter that “the necessary response will be given to those who committed this treacherous attack”. Kalin added that efforts to find the gunmen responsible “had begun” but did not speculate over who might be responsible for the attack.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he “condemns the atrocious attack against our consulate employees in Erbil.” Turkey is working with the Iraqi authorities “to quickly find the perpetrators,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter after the shooting at a restaurant in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan.
A police source in Iraq said three people including the Turkish vice consul were killed in the attack “targeting the consul and the consulate’s employees in a restaurant”.
Turkish officials did not provide information on the identity of the Turkish official killed. The Kurdish region is on the border with Turkey.
In May, Turkey launched an operation in northern Iraq against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The PKK, which operates bases in the Qandil mountain area of the autonomous Kurdish region, is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies.
The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was among at least two people shot dead Wednesday in the regional capital Arbil, prompting pledges of “retaliation” from Ankara. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but Turkey is already waging a fierce offensive against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq.

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