High-ranking Qatari officer killed by Turkish officer in Doha: report

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A high-ranking Qatari military officer was reportedly killed by a Turkish officer in a heated argument, according to the Gulf Digital News (GDN) website.

The Turkish officer shot Lakhouya Forces Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Ateya in the head.

Reports posted on social media websites said the Turk murdered the Qatari officer, who was denied entry to Al-Wajba Palace without a prior official appointment.

Twitter users have launched hashtag: #Turkish_kills_Qatari-officer and reported the murder, adding that the Turkish forces in charge of guarding the palace prevented  Maj. Gen. Ateya from entering.

The heated argument reported turned into a brawl that pushed the Turkish officer in charge of guarding the palace to shoot Maj. Gen. Ateya dead.

Qatari media confirmed the death of Ateya, 60, on Friday without confirming or denying the allegations posted on social media websites.

The first contingent of Turkish soldiers arrived in Doha on June 19, 2017, after the Arab quartet –Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – announced its decision to sever ties with the Qatari regime.

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