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Iraq: police identify perpetrator in Erbil attack

Iraq: police identify perpetrator in Erbil attack
Mazlum Dag, born in Diyarbakir, Turkey, took part in shooting in which diplomat serving at Turkish consulate was killed

By Idris Okuducu

ISTANBUL (AA) – The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said Thursday it had identified one of the gunmen who opened fire on an upscale restaurant in the city of Erbil, killing a Turkish diplomat.

Police shared a photo of the attacker, Mazlum Dag, who was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 1992, and asked local residents to help turn him in.

The diplomat, who was serving at Turkey's consulate in Erbil, the KRG's capital, was martyred in the attack on Wednesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara that three gunmen attacked the restaurant.

He said that apart from the diplomat, the assailants also fired on two Iraqi nationals sitting at the next table, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Cavusoglu said Turkey was in contact with Baghdad and Erbil regarding the incident and efforts were continuing to capture the attackers and discover the motive behind the attack.

*Writing by Maımaıtımıng Yılıxıatı from Ankara

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