ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s navy has carried out two air strikes in northern Iraq, killing these behind the demise of a diplomat in an assault final week, a safety supply mentioned on Thursday.
At the very least two folks, together with the diplomat, have been shot useless when a gunman opened hearth in a restaurant the place Turkish diplomats have been eating within the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Erbil.
The primary air strike was carried out on Iraq’s Dohuk area on July 18, a day after the assault, and the second strike was carried out within the Batufa area on Wednesday, the supply mentioned, including that they focused the planners of the killing of the diplomat.
Footage on broadcaster CNN Turk confirmed two automobiles that it mentioned have been destroyed through the air strikes, including that it was a joint operation with Turkey’s Nationwide Intelligence Company.
It was not instantly clear how many individuals had been hit by the air strikes or how many individuals had deliberate the assault. CNN Turk mentioned two planners of the assault and their guards had been tracked since they left Erbil.
Safety companies in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish area mentioned on Saturday that they had arrested the brother of a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Folks’s Democratic Occasion (HDP) serving within the Turkish parliament on suspicion of planning the killing. The HDP has condemned the assault on the diplomat.
The taking pictures came about weeks after Turkey launched a brand new navy offensive in opposition to Kurdish separatist militants primarily based in northern Iraq.
The outlawed Kurdistan Employees Occasion (PKK), which has led an insurgency in opposition to the Turkish state for the reason that 1980s, has fighters primarily based in northern Iraq, primarily within the Qandil area, north of Erbil.
Duhok and Batifa areas, the place the 2 strikes have been carried out, are positioned northwest of Erbil.
Turkey and the ruling Kurdish occasion in Erbil, the KDP, have blamed the PKK for different Turkey-related incidents in northern Iraq together with the storming of a Turkish navy camp earlier this yr.
Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Modifying by Alison Williams