Gunmen have killed at least one Turkish diplomat in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in an attack on consulate staff gathered in a restaurant, Turkey’s foreign ministry said.
The state-run Iraqi news agency identified the dead man as the deputy consul general, the Associated Press reported.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the attackers opened fire at the Huqqabaz restaurant, which is popular with foreigners including aid workers and oil company employees.
Some reports said that the number of dead and injured were higher, but there were no other details of casualties. On Wednesday Turkey had launched airstrikes against Kurdish insurgents in the north of Iraq, killing at least seven members of the Kurdistan Workers Party.