Four members of Iraqi Kurdish family killed in Turkey's Mardin province

Four members of Iraqi Kurdish family killed in Turkey's Mardin province
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Unknown assailants shot and killed four members of a Kurdish family coming from Iraq on the Artuklu-Nusaybin highway in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin

Four citizens of Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) were killed and one injured in an armed attack on a jeep coming from Duhok province on Thursday, new agencies reported.

One or more unknown persons started opening fire on the vehicle at 01:00 a.m. local time on the Artuklu-Nusaybin highway in the Yenikoy district of Mardin, Turkey's state news agency said, adding that police and medics were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The victims of the attack were Abdullah Salih Mustafa Mamisi (69), his wife Cimen Sahin Halid (75) and their daughters Hindirin Abdullah Salih (39) and Wahide Haydar Casim (63), KRI's official Rudaw news agency reported.

Wahide Haydar's son Ahmed Celaleddin Ibrahim Bezelî (45) was injured in the attack and is currently receiving treatment at Nusaybin Public Hospital, Rudaw said.

A witness told Rudaw the victims were killed by gunshots to the head.

A relative of the victims said he last spoke to them around 11 p.m. in the evening when they were staying at a restaurant.

"The vehicle was stopped, they were taken out and killed. Three other people died at the scene. My brother and mother were also hospitalized," Dr. Faris Celaleddin İbrahim Bezeli said.

Bezeli said his mother was on her way to an eye examination and his brother was studying at Dicle University in Diyarbakir province.

"How this incident happened should be clarified," he demanded.