World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in capital Ankara early on Thursday, a day after the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant kidnapped Turkish consulate staff members in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Davutoglu held an-hour-long meeting at the airport with Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru and Deputy Undersecretary Omer Onhon after cutting short his visit in New York for a UN meeting on counter-terrorism.
ISIL militants kidnapped 49 Turkish consulate staff members including the consul-general and family members.
The attack on the Turkish consulate came a day after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group, known as ISIL, took control of Iraq's second-largest city in northern province Nineveh on Tuesday and seized 31 Turkish truck drivers who were transporting fuel to a thermal power plant.
More than 300,000 residents have fled Mosul, which has seen clashes between security forces and militants since Friday.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday that Iraq had been placed on "maximum alert" and called on Iraq's parliament to declare a national state of emergency.Last Mod: 12 Haziran 2014, 11:18