“Turkey Vows to Pursue Slaying of Iranian Border Guard”

Turkey has expressed condolences over the death of an Iranian border guard reportedly killed by PKK terrorists, and vowed to pursue the issue, Iran’s foreign ministry says.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has, in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is currently in Moscow, expressed condolences on the death of an Iranian border guard killed Monday afternoon in Maku border region.

The top Turkish diplomat said PKK terrorists were behind the incident, in which several other people were also injured, according to Qassemi.

Cavusoglu noted that Turkish authorities are following up on the issue and will inform Iranian officials of their findings accordingly, the spokesman added.

“The Turkish Interior Minister also assured Iran’s ambassador to Ankara that the issue is being followed up, and the results [of the investigation] will be announced,” said Qassemi.

“The exact reason behind the incident is under investigation by relevant authorities and the [Iranian] Foreign Ministry,” he said.

Qassemi noted that four people were injured in the incident, adding they were taken to Kars hospital by Turkish forces and received treatment.

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