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Another blow for Turkey, 15 Turkish workers held by ISIL in Iraq

Another blow for Turkey, 15 Turkish workers taken hostage by ISIL in Iraq

A group of Turkish construction workers were among some 60 people abducted by ISIL terrorists 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 so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized 15 Turkish workers who were building a hospital near the town of Dor, located between Selahaddin 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. ISIL 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. ISIL has swept through towns in the Tigris valley north of Baghdad in recent days.

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