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Turkish diplomat shot dead in Iraqi Kurdistan

HuQQabaz restaurant where a Turkish diplomat was killed

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The attack took place at HuQQabaz restaurant in Irbil’s Empire City neighbourhood

A Turkish diplomat has been shot dead in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, Turkey’s foreign ministry has said.

Sources suggest he was among three people killed but this has yet to be confirmed.

The diplomat was reportedly Turkey’s deputy consul in Irbil. He was dining at a restaurant when gunmen opened fire.

No-one has so far claimed the attack but Turkish Kurdish militants are based in the region.

In a statement on Twitter, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said a “necessary response will be given to those who committed this treacherous attack”.

Turkish diplomat shot dead in Iraqi Kurdistan

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