YEREVAN (Combined sources)—A Turkish citizen, Mustafa Ulker, from the Arpacay region of Kars, has been shot dead at the Armenian border upon crossing over from Turkey. The Turkish shepherd was searching for his lost cow, who had wandered across the border, when he crossed over into Armenia. The body has been returned to Turkish authorities after protocol was conducted between Russian, Armenian, and Turkish authorities, Turkish news website Haberler reports.
The 35-year-old shepherd Mustafa Ulker crossed the Armenian border on the evening of July 31 to find his lost animal. Upon his crossing, Russian border guards opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. Armenian doctors did not manage to save the wounded shepherd’s life. Kars province authorities and the Turkish border authorities negotiated with the Armenian side to get the dead body of Mustafa Ulker back to Turkey. The body was transported to the Arpacay region of Kars, and will subsequently be sent to Erzurum for an autopsy.
As News.am reported, the Armenia Border Department of the Russian Federal Security Service stated that an incident had occurred at the Armenian-Turkish boundary. The Russian Federal Security Service has launched an investigation into the incident.
A representative of the agency confirmed the report to Tert.am, saying that they do not have more details at the moment.
CNN Turk reported that the Turkish shepherd was gunned down by Armenian guards after illegally crossing the border. The governor of the Turkish province of Kars described the attack in later comments as an excessive use of force against an unarmed person.
Governor Eyup Tepe said there have been similar incidents in the past and chided Yerevan for using “disproportionate force,” in remarks given to Dogan News Agency.