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US slams ‘wanton’ Turkish diplomat murder in Iraq’s Erbil

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly condemned the murder on Wednesday of a Turkish diplomat in Erbil in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, in an attack that claimed at least one other victim.

A local police source told AFP that the diplomat was Turkey's vice consul to the region.

“There can be no justification for such acts of wanton violence,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“The US reaffirms its commitment to support the government and people of Turkey and Iraq,” he added, extending his condolences to the families of the victims.