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Iranian Opposition Killed Turkish Diplomat

December 12, 1993

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Iran’s largest opposition group said Sunday a Turkish diplomat slain in Iraq was killed by its security agents in a ″regrettable″ case of mistaken identity.

There was no independent confirmation of the statement sent to The Associated Press by The Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Holy Warriors.

The group said Caglar Yucel, an administrative attache, was shot by guards as he approached the mujahedeen headquarters in Baghdad. A Turkish embassy technician was slightly wounded in Saturday’s attack.

The mujahedeen claimed the two were in a car once owned by the Iranian embassy in Baghdad and that still had the same license plate - 7-CD13.

The group said the guards were ″turned over to the Iraqi judicial authorities.″

It was not clear what action the Iraqis would take. Baghdad has harbored the mujahedeen and backed their anti-Tehran crusade since the mid-1980s.

The mujahedeen also operate from Turkey where their militants have been targets of the Iranian secret police, Savama.

Turkey recently concluded a deal with the Iranian government in which it agreed to crack down on the mujahedeen. In return, Iran pledged to deny haven to Kurds fighting for self-rule in Turkey.

Turkey closed its embassy in Baghdad with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and supported the allied coalition in the Gulf War. After the war, Turkey reopened the embassy in a cautious move to normalize relations.

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