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India condemns attack on Turkish diplomats in N.Iraq

New Delhi offers condolences over deadly attack in northern Iraqi city of Erbil

Shuriah Niazi   | 18.07.2019
India condemns attack on Turkish diplomats in N.Iraq

NEW DELHI, India 

India on Thursday denounced this week’s armed attack in northern Iraq that left a Turkish diplomat martyred.

"India condemns the terrorist attack in Erbil yesterday. We extend our condolences to the families of the deceased, including a diplomat from Turkey,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a statement.

“India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism,” he added.

On Wednesday, a Turkish diplomat who was serving at Turkey's Consulate in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government, was martyred in an armed attack at a restaurant.

Speaking to reporters in the capital Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said three attackers were involved in the incident.

Apart from the Turkish diplomats, one Iraqi sitting at the next table was killed, while another was seriously wounded, he added.

Cavusoglu said Turkey was in contact with Baghdad and Erbil over the incident, adding that efforts are ongoing to capture the culprits and clarify the circumstances of the attack.

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