Turkish military forces have launched an operation against militant positions in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, killing two members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group, who were suspected of having planned the last month’s assassination of a Turkish diplomat in the regional capital Erbil.
Turkish forces, supported by the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), targeted a vehicle carrying the two men, identified as Haci Kurhan and Metin Akgun, in an aerial operation last week.
2 more PKK terrorists who plotted the attack on Turkish diplomat Osman Köse in northern Iraq have neutralized in a joint operation by the military and the National Intelligence Organizationhttp://sabahdai.ly/8tlj5b 2 more plotters of PKK terrorist attack on Turkish diplomat neutralized in n. IraqTwo PKK terrorists who were involved in the planning of the attack on Turkish diplomat in Irbil have been neutralized in a joint operation carried out by…dailysabah.com811:15 AM – Aug 8, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee DAILY SABAH’s other Tweets
Turkish consulate employee Osman Kose was killed on July 17 at HuQQabaz, a popular restaurant in an upscale and high-security area only a five-minute drive from the Turkish mission on the airport road in Erbil.
One of the attackers directly targeted the Turkish diplomat at close range, firing a gun with a silencer. Meanwhile, the other attacker began to shoot towards two Iraqi customers. One of them died immediately while the other died in hospital.
Turkey’s English-language newspaper Daily Sabah reported on July 25 that Turkish military had killed two organizers of the assassination during two separate operations on July 18 and July 24 in northern Iraq.
Officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in a statement issued on July 26 that based on a detailed confession by suspected Kurdish gunman Mazloum Dag, (shown in the picture below), the murder was carried out on the orders of top PKK commanders.
Iraqi Kurdish security services said PKK commanders had been planning the murder in their heavily fortified and far-flung hideouts in Iraq’s Qandil mountains for three months.
Dag’s arrest on July 20 immediately caught the headlines in Turkish media as his sister Dersim is a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which the Turkish government accuses of affiliation to the PKK.
The HDP, Turkey’s second largest opposition group, “strongly” condemned the Erbil shooting attack, calling it an “absolutely unacceptable provocation attempt.”
Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since a shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July 2015.
More than 40,000 people have been killed during the three-decade conflict between Turkey and the autonomy-seeking militant group.