Reports: Turkish strikes kill planners of attack on diplomat

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media say Turkey’s military has struck and killed the alleged planners of an attack that killed a Turkish diplomat in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Private DHA news agency says Thursday the military, acting on Turkish intelligence, targeted two vehicles carrying the alleged masterminds of the July 17 attack, which killed Osman Kose at a restaurant in Irbil.

DHA says the alleged planners and their bodyguards were killed on July 18 and July 24. Daily Sabah says the men were allegedly senior members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack in Irbil, which also killed an Iraqi, but suspicion fell on Kurdish militants, who operate in parts of northern Iraq.


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