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Jihadists kidnap Turkish consul, 24 staff in Iraq: police

Published on Jun 11, 2014 8:53 PM

KIRKUK (AFP) - Jihadists seized the Turkish consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday and kidnapped the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 staff members, a police colonel said.

"Isil members managed to kidnap the Turkish consul and 24 of his guards and assistants," the officer said, referring to powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The colonel said he had spoken with one of the kidnappers, who said those held "are safe with us," and will be moved to a "safer place".

The kidnappings came a day after the Mosul consulate said Isil fighters had seized 28 Turkish truck drivers.

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