Unverified footage emerges on social media of Turkish diplomat killing in Erbil

Video footage has emerged on social media of the July 17 attack in Iraq's northern city of Erbil which killed three people, including a Turkish diplomat.

Osman Köse, the Turkish vice consul in Erbil, was killed along with two Iraqi nationals when two gunmen opened fire on the men, who were at a restaurant in the neighbourhood of Ainkawa.

Two men, Mazlum Dağ and Muhammed Bisksi, have been arrested in connection to the incident.

On Wednesday Iraqi Kurdish news network Rudaw shared the CCTV footage, which appears to show Dağ and another unidentified assailant opening fire on the men in  HuQQabaz restaurant.

Kurdish security officials are yet to verify the footage, Rudaw said.

In the video, Dağ is seen looking at his phone at a table adjacent to Köse, who is sitting with another man. The assailant later removes a gun out of his pocket and begins to open fire. Another man joins him soon thereafter.

Officials in Ankara and Erbil have called the incident a terrorist attack. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Two Iraqi nationals, Neriman Osman ve Beshdar Ramazan, also lost their lives in the attack.

Turkish state-run Anadolu News agency has reported that the main suspect in the attack, Dağ, was born in Turkey’s Diyarbakır and is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for over three decades. 

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