Turkish diplomat ‘shot dead’ in Iraqi Kurdistan

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A Turkish diplomat has been shot dead in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, security sources tell the BBC.

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

No-one has yet claimed the attack. Turkey has regularly carried out offensives against fighters from Kurdish militants operating from Iraq.

Initial reports had suggested Turkish consulate employees had been killed.