Turkish diplomat and two others killed in northern Iraq restaurant attack

A Turkish diplomat working at Ankara's consulate in Erbil was killed during a shooting attack at a restaurant in the city. (AP Photo)
Updated 18 July 2019

Turkish diplomat and two others killed in northern Iraq restaurant attack

  • The restaurant is located on the airport road in Erbil
  • Security and emergency officials were responding to the incident and the scene was on lockdown

ERBIL: At least one gunman killed three people including the Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region in an attack Wednesday in the regional capital of Erbil, a police source told AFP.

“Three people, including the Turkish vice consul, were killed in an armed attack targeting the consul and the consulate’s employees in a restaurant in Erbil,” the source said, adding the attackers had fled the scene.

Witnesses in the city said checkpoints had been quickly set up inside and around the neighborhood of Ainkawa, which hosts numerous restaurants and the Turkish consulate.

Turkey confirmed that an “employee” at its Erbil consulate was killed in a shooting. Turkish presidency has pledged to ‘respond’ to killing of the diplomat.

The attack was not immediately claimed.

 

 

Turkey is waging a major military offensive in Iraq’s mountainous northern region to root out pockets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK, seen as a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and operates rear bases in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

Several rocket attacks have targeted diplomatic missions in Iraq in recent months, including rockets near the US and UK embassies in Baghdad’s “Green Zone.”

The US in May ordered all non-essential personnel of its Baghdad embassy and Erbil consulate to leave the country.

And in June, protesters gathered outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad,

Authorities in Iraq, which is witnessing a period of relative calm since declaring victory against the Daesh group in 2017, have pledged to protect embassies.


Three Turkish soldiers killed in clash with Kurdish militants

Updated 22 August 2019

Three Turkish soldiers killed in clash with Kurdish militants

  • The Turkish soldiers were guarding state energy company Turkish Petroleum
  • The Kurdish militants were spotted by a drone in the same area earlier
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the borders with Syria and Iraq, the local governor’s office said on Thursday.
Three militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were “neutralized” in the fighting, the Sirnak governor’s office said in a written statement.
It said the soldiers were maintaining security for state energy company Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) near the town of Silopi in Sirnak when the clash broke out on Wednesday.
The militants had previously been spotted by a drone in the same area, it said.
The PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and European Union, launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.