Eight killed in northern Iraq in shelling blamed on Turkey

Eight civilians including two children were killed and 23 wounded in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, when artillery shells hit a park in an attack local officials blamed on Turkey.

Mushir Bashir, the head of Zakho region, said the victims were mainly “Arab Iraqi tourists, mostly from central and southern Iraq”, and blamed forces from across the border.

“Turkey hit the village twice today,” Bashir told AFP.

Bashir, speaking to a local broadcaster, said that “Turkish artillery fire on the tourist region of Parakh killed eight people and injured 23”.