An employee of the Turkish Consulate General was killed in an armed attack in Iraq's Erbil, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
"Today, in the second half of the day, an employee of our consulate in Erbil died as a result of a sneaking attack. He was outside the embassy building. We are making efforts jointly with the Iraqi authorities to find the perpetrators of the crime as soon as possible," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, a source in an Iraqi security agency told Sputnik that the Turkish deputy consul general in Iraq and two other diplomats have been killed in the city of Erbil as a result of an armed attack.
"An unknown person opened fire from a firearm on a group of employees from the Turkish Consulate in Erbil in one of the city's restaurants, as a result, the deputy consul general of Turkey and two of his accompanying diplomats were killed", the source said.
The Turkish Embassy in Baghdad confirmed to Sputnik reports of the attack on a group of diplomats in Erbil and the death of several of them, but their exact posts have not yet been reported.
The scene of the incident is on lockdown, while security and emergency services representatives are responding to the incident.
Erbil'de restoranda Türkiye Konsolosluk çalışanlarına yapılan silahlı saldırıdan sonra çekilen kareler👇 pic.twitter.com/pbTN4JLCGX— Biz10 TV (@Biz10TV) 17 июля 2019 г.
According to media reports, the shooting was organised by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The PKK is officially listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Ankara has been fighting the group, which demands the establishment of a Kurdish autonomy in Turkey, since the early 1980s.
Apart from Turkey, the PKK has been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, the United Kingdom, and NATO member states. The United Nations, however, has not followed suit.