Erbil shooting kills 2 including employee of Turkish Consulate General (upd)

A shooting occurred at a restaurant in Erbil around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, killing one employee from the Turkish Consulate General to Erbil. A Kurdish citizen from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region was also confirmed killed by the Kurdistan Region’s security (Asayesh), while another was injured. Originally it was reported that three people had been killed.

“This afternoon (17 July 2019), an official of our Consulate General in Erbil has been martyred as a result of a heinous attack, while he was outside of our Consulate compound,” read a statement from the Turkish foreign ministry.

Ankara extended its condolences to the victim’s family and the “Turkish Nation.”

“We have requested the Iraqi and regional authorities to find the perpetrators of the attack swiftly,” the ministry added.

Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed a response for those accountable.

“I wish Allah’s mercy to our consular employee who lost his life in the heinous attack in Erbil and I express my condolences to his relatives. Searches have already started to find the perpetrators. The perpetrators of this treacherous attack will be given necessary response,” he tweeted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack.

“I condemn the heinous attack against those working our consulate in Erbil,” he tweeted.

“We are continuing our efforts with the Iraqi authorities and local authorities to ensure the perpetrators of the attack are quickly found,” he added.

Kurdistan Region security (Asayesh) confirmed in a statement that one employee of the Turkish Consulate General to Erbil was killed on Wednesday. Also, a citizen from the Kurdistan Region was killed and another reported wounded.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Directorate of Asayesh condemned the shooting, vowed to launch an investigation, and offered condolences and assistance to Turkish authorities.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the shooting in a restaurant in Erbil today, which led to the deaths of a Turkish diplomat and a civilian, and injured one other,” read an Asayesh statement.

“The government has launched a full investigation and contacted senior Turkish diplomats to offer condolences and provide assistance,” it continued.

The local authorities also promised to take necessary steps to ensure public safety.

“We assure our citizens and foreign diplomats in particular that all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and security of the Kurdistan Region and its peoples,” the Asayesh statement added.

In a statement, the KRG condemned the attack.

“We strongly condemn the criminal act committed this afternoon in one of the restaurants in Erbil, resulting in the death of one of the personnel of Turkish Consulate and a civilian and the injury of another civilian,” the statement read.

“We express our condolences to the families of the victims and share their concerns. We also assure everyone that Kurdistan Region’s relevant authorities are investigating seriously to find the perpetrators and legally punish them.”

“We will never allow Kurdistan Region’s peace and security to be harmed,” it added.