Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkish diplomat and Iraqi civilian shot dead in Erbil

Turkish diplomat and Iraqi civilian shot dead in Erbil

Turkey is in the midst of a large military offensive in Iraq's mountainous northern region to rid the area of pockets controlled by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

On Wednesday, an employee of the Turkish Consulate in the city of Idlib was killed along with an Iraqi national in a gun attack at a restaurant. Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mousavi also stressed that the only way to combat terrorism is concerted action by the worldwide community by putting an end to the political, financial, ideological, and arms support for the terrorist groups.

Turkish forces have launched the air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan, the country's defence minister confirmed on Thursday.

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The ministry said airstrikes destroyed a large number of targets including of weapons, shelters, and caves.

The Kurdish officials and Iraqi state television earlier said three people were killed and that they were all Turkish diplomats and included the deputy consul.

"Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralised and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged", Akar added.

A spokesman for the PKK's armed branch denied that the group was involved in Wednesday's shooting. The PKK is classified as a "terrorist" group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union because of the three-decade insurgency it has waged against the Turkish state.

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