India condemns attack in Erbil, calls for action against terror

Elias Hubbard
July 19, 2019

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

Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish president, vowed "the necessary response will be given to those who committed this treacherous attack".

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Turkey's foreign ministry said one of those killed on Wednesday was a diplomat working at its consulate to semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.

At least one Turkish diplomat was shot dead in a restaurant in northern Iraq.

The Kurdish security service, known as Asayish, said in a statement that the attack also wounded another civilian.

Akar said the bombing had "dealt a heavy blow" to the PKK, which Ankara lists as a terrorist organization. Earlier this month, the PKK announced senior leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed and two other fighters had been killed in a Turkish raid. "We extend our condolences to the families of the deceased including a diplomat from Turkey", India's foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

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

Iraq's self-governing Kurdish region is politically allied with the Turkish government, but PKK militants, who have fought a decades-long insurgency against Ankara, operate in parts of the territory.

Turkey has regularly bombed the mountainous areas where the PKK maintains bases.

Turkey has called for Baghdad to take a more active role in helping it eliminate the PKK, and has waged offensives in recent years against PKK allies in northern Syria.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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