ISIL storms Turkey's Mosul consulate, kidnaps staff
Iran Press TV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:4PM GMT
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The militants kidnapped the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 other staff members working at the consulate on Wednesday, an unidentified Turkish government official said.
The official added that "48 Turks, including the consul, staff members, special operations teams and three children were abducted."
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the report.
According to another report, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held an emergency meeting with the Undersecretary of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency, MIT, and Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay to discuss the situation.
The incident comes a day after the ISIL kidnapped over 30 Turkish truck drivers while they were delivering diesel to a power plant in Mosul.
The drivers' whereabouts are still unknown.
The incident has alarmed other Turkish drivers, forcing them to avoid the region over fear of further militant attacks.
Mosul is the second Iraqi city to fall to militants this year, after the government lost control of Fallujah in early January.
Takfiri groups, including the ISIL, are reportedly coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
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