KRG police identify perpetrator in Erbil attack


A major group of Muslim scholars on Thursday condemned an attack in Erbil, Iraq that martyred a Turkish diplomat.

In PKK's 30-year terror campaign against the Turkish state, more than 40,000 people, including women and children, have been killed.

Turkey regards these groups - including the PKK, which fought with United States troops against ISIS - as terrorists.

Kurdish security members are seen near a restaurant where Turkish diplomats and Turkish consulate employee were killed in Erbil, Iraq July 17, 2019.

One witness told Reuters that an attacker entered the restaurant and started shooting before he fled in a vehicle that was waiting for him outside.

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He said India had always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and had urged concerted action by the global community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility as security forces began a search for the attackers. Earlier this month, the PKK announced senior leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed and two other fighters had been killed in a Turkish raid.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey. The group, which has waged a revolt against Turkey since 1984, operates bases in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

The US embassy also slammed the attack as "heinous" and offered its condolences to the Turkish mission, calling for "the defence and safety of foreign diplomats and diplomatic missions in Iraq".