A Turkish negotiator was among two individuals shot dead on Wednesday in Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.

The people in question, who were eating at a café when shooters opened flame, were allegedly Turkey’s appointee representative in the city and an Iraqi regular citizen.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan censured the “terrible assault”.

Nobody has so far said they were behind it. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has battled Turkey for quite a long time and has bases in Iraq, has denied any job.

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“We have no learning about an episode of shooting and murdering of Turkish office authorities in Irbil”, a representative for the gathering’s military wing, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), told the Iraqi Kurdish Dwarozh News site.

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