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Sunni radicals seize Turkey's Mosul consulate

Turkey’s Mosul consulate has been seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and all its personnel have been kidnapped.
A man looks at burnt vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces one day after radical Sunni Muslim insurgents seized control of city of Mosul June 11, 2014. Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday to an area further south that includes Iraq's biggest oil refinery in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR3T884

Ozturk Yilmaz, Turkey’s consul general in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, was kidnapped June 11 along with the rest of the consulate's 48 workers by the Sunni extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) following the al-Qaeda spin-off group's takeover of the city the day before. 

While there has been a lot of contradictory reporting about events in Mosul, those seized apparently include three children and about 30 members of Turkey’s police special forces. Turkish media reported that the special forces opened the consulate’s doors after being threatened with a bomb attack. The reports suggested that all those seized were in good condition and were being held at the Mosul governor’s building serving as ISIS headquarters.

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