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The anti-terrorist forces of the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced on Friday (July 19, 2019) that the person suspected of involvement in the killing of the Turkish deputy consul in Erbil is a 27-year-old Turkish Kurd. The anti-terrorist forces in the region published a search report attached to two photographs of a young man with black hair and a trim beard, one of which appeared to have been taken by a surveillance camera.

The statement said that the person in the pictures is the alleged offender who fired on Wednesday, the Turkish diplomat Othman Kosiya, who was buried Thursday in Ankara, and two Iraqis in a restaurant in Erbil. He added that "this person published his photo called, Mazloum Dag, born in 1992, from the people of Diyarbakir in Turkey, is required by the security authorities in the Kurdistan region." The counterterrorism forces, which called the attack "terrorist", called on citizens to "inform the security services of any information about the accused as soon as possible."

For its part, reported the agency "Anatolia" Turkish government that Mazloum Dag is the brother of parliament, Dersim Dag, from The main pro-Kurdish party in Turkey, and the second opposition force in parliament, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of being linked to the PKK. For its part, condemned the Democratic Peoples Party in a statement in what he considered "an attempt to provoke unacceptable at all," condemning at the same time the attack of Erbil.

In a related issue, Ankara announced on Thursday that it launched a "wider" air operation against the PKK in Iraq, in response to the "despicable attack" in Erbil. The air strikes on Thursday night "the bases and elements of the PKK" in the area of ​​Makhmour, south of the Iraqi city of Mosul, and resulted in "wounding two people inside a camp for the displaced," local officials told AFP.

For its part, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that a Turkish soldier was killed and six others wounded on Friday in a security operation in northern Iraq witnessed clashes with gunmen from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

H.S./H.C./ (AFP / Reuters)

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