DFA tells Pinoys in Iraq to stay vigilant after terrorist attack


Posted at Jul 20 2019 09:41 AM

A general view shows Kurdish security members gathering near a restaurant where Turkish diplomats and a Turkish consulate employee were killed in Erbil, Iraq on July 17, 2019. Azad Lashkari, Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday urged the Filipino community in Iraq to be vigilant following a terrorist attack that killed 3 people, including a Turkish diplomat.

"The Embassy [in Baghdad] is asking members of the Filipino community in the region, as well as those traveling there, to keep a vigilant watch on potential threats to their security, keep a low profile and avoid participating in public demonstrations," the agency said in a statement.

The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Arbil. Police sources said 2 other people were also killed.

There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.

The PKK is classified as a "terrorist" group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union because of the 3-decade insurgency it has waged against the Turkish state.

In response to the terrorist attack, Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan. - With a report from Agence France-Presse