Turkey says it ‘neutralised’ instigator of Turkish diplomat’s murder in Erbil

The Turkish armed forces and the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) neutralised a man, who, according to Turkey, was behind the murder of a Turkish diplomat in northern Iraq last week, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralised" in statements to imply that someone surrendered, or was killed or captured.

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.

Officials in Ankara and Erbil have called the incident a terrorist attack. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but Turkey says the attackers were members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed group which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than three decades. 

Turkish security sources told Anadolu that Erdoğan Ünal, the instigator of the attack according to Turkish authorities, had been neutralised during an operation on Wednesday on Mount Qandil in northern Iraq where the PKK has its headquarters.