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Iraqi VP Requests Iran’s Help to Free Abducted Turkish Workers

17 September 2015 19:40



Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi demanded Tehran to help his country release the 18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad earlier this month.

Nujaifi raised the demand in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danayeefar in Baghdad on Wednesday.

In response, Danayeefar promised Tehran’s all-out aid and assistance to Baghdad, adding that abduction of people is a crime and fully illegal.

Meantime, Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad announced on Wednesday that two of the 18 Turkish workers were released near the Southern oil city of Basra.

“They are in good health. They are saying the other 16 are also in good health,” Faruk Kaymakci said.

Local Basra police spokesman Colonel Kareem al-Zaidi said the workers had been freed late on Tuesday.

It is not clear if the gunmen who kidnapped the workers belong to an established group.

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