Jihadists kidnap 60 foreign workers in Kirkuk

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Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014

About 60 construction workers from Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Turkmenistan were abducted by jihadist forces near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, less than a week after dozens of Turkish nationals were taken hostage in Mosul, according to a news report.

Among the 60 kidnapped by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) included 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 abductions took place.

Meanwhile the Times of India on Tuesday reported that 40 Indian workers were abducted by jihadists in Mosul, with their government saying they have been unable to make contact with them.

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 militants have swept through towns in the Tigris valley north of Baghdad in recent days.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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