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Bodies of two Turkish hostages found in northern Iraq

Doha, August 28
The bodies of two Turkish hostages, apparently shot dead, have been found in Baiji in northern Iraq, Al-Jazeera television said.

“Al-Jazeera learned from sources in the Iraqi police that the bodies of two Turkish hostages executed by gunfire were found on the main road near the Al-Sharkat area in the town of Baiji,” a key oil refinery town in the Sunni Muslim belt.

The police transferred the two bodies to Al-Sharkat hospital, the Qatar-based satellite news channel said, without giving further details.

A group calling itself the “Islamic Tawheed (Unification) Group”, meanwhile, posted a statement on an Islamist website threatening to use force to stop Turkey sending “military equipment and assistance to the invading forces” via its border with Iraq.

Turkey’s NTV news channel on Wednesday aired footage of two Turks, Abdullah Ozdemir and Ali Daskin, both engineers kidnapped from their worksite at an unidentified location in Iraq.

The video showed armed militants threatening to execute them unless their company withdraws from Iraq within 72 hours.

ANKARA: The Turkish embassy in Baghdad is investigating a television report that two Turkish hostages have been killed in Iraq, but no confirmation is available so far, a senior Turkish diplomat said today.

“We are unable to confirm the killings at the moment. Our diplomats in Iraq will contact the related Iraqi authorities today and try to verify the report,” the diplomat said. — AFP

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