Monday 16 September 2019

Turkish diplomat among dead in gun attack on Iraqi restaurant


Irbil is the Kurdish capital. Stock photo: PA
Irbil is the Kurdish capital. Stock photo: PA

Salar Salim

A gunman opened fire inside a restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil yesterday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate, according to reports.

An attacker in civilian clothes and carrying two weapons opened fire at a group of consulate workers shortly after they entered the restaurant, and a Turkish diplomat died at the site, Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported.

The Turkish foreign ministry said thatn an official of the Turkish consulate in Irbil was "martyred" as a result of an armed attack.

The state-run Iraqi news agency identified the man as the deputy general consul and said several of his entourage were also killed in the shooting.

Irbil is the Kurdish capital. Kurdish security forces later said a Turkish diplomat and a civilian were killed and another civilian wounded in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.

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