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Turkey says militants hold 80 Turks hostage in Iraq's Mosul

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (R) talks to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony for the delivery of assault helicopters named "ATAK", to the Turkish Armed Forces in Ankara June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ayhan Arfat/President's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

ANKARA: Militants from an al Qaeda splinter group are holding 80 Turkish citizens seized in two separate incidents in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said 49 of its citizens had been seized at its consulate-general and transferred to another part of the city, while 31 others - truck drivers who were abducted on Tuesday - were being held hostage at a power station in Mosul. 

 

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