Turkish diplomat killed in Iraq restaurant attack

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.

The victim was reportedly Turkey’s deputy consul in the city. He was among several people dining at a restaurant when gunmen opened fire.

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

Turkey confirmed that an “employee” at its Erbil consulate was killed in a shooting.

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