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Turkish construction workers taken hostage in Iraq

Members of the Kurdish security forces take cover during clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria in Jalawla in the Diyala province June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

ISTANBUL: A group of Turkish construction workers were among some 60 people abducted by Islamist militants near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, less than a week after dozens of other Turkish nationals were taken hostage in Mosul, according to a news report.

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized 15 Turkish workers who were building a hospital near the town of Dor, located between Salahuddin and Kirkuk, the Dogan News Agency said, citing a worker who escaped. It was not immediately clear when the abduction took place.

Those abducted also included workers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Turkmenistan, Dogan reported.

ISIS insurgents kidnapped 31 Turkish truck drivers as they overran the northern city of Mosul last week during a lightning advance. They then seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, holding another 49 people.

ISIS and other Sunni militants have swept through towns in the Tigris valley north of Baghdad in recent days.

 

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