World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of 32 Turkish truck drivers seized in Iraq by Islamist militants three weeks ago have been handed over to Turkish diplomats and will be flown to Ankara on Thursday evening, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference.
"The 32 drivers kidnapped in Mosul have been received by our consulate and they are currently en route to Arbil," Davutoglu told a news conference in the Turkish capital.
"We will continue to work extensively on the release of our citizens who were left behind," he said, adding that the drivers were in good health.
The truck drivers, who were abducted by ISIL militants while they were delivering diesel, were initially held at a power plant in the Gyarah region of Mosul.
Turkey had warned that it would retaliate if any of its 80 nationals seized by the al Qaeda splinter group were harmed and ambassadors of the NATO defence alliance held an emergency meeting in Brussels at Turkey's request.
It was not clear if any demands had been made by ISIL for the release of its prisoners - whether those that have since been freed or those still being held.Last Mod: 03 Temmuz 2014, 17:12