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Turkish workers abducted in Iraq return home

The Nurol Insaat workers, who were kidnapped last month, were freed on 30 September, 2015, and returned home the same day, Turkish PM confirmed

Ankara's ambassador in Baghdad Faruk Kaymakci (L) stands next to Turkish workers, who had been kidnapped in Iraq . [Image: Getty]
Ankara's ambassador in Baghdad Faruk Kaymakci (L) stands next to Turkish workers, who had been kidnapped in Iraq . [Image: Getty]

Turkish workers who were abducted one month ago in Iraq have been released and flown back home.

A Turkish plane carrying the 16 workers from the Iraqi capital Baghdad landed on 30 September, 2015, at an Ankara airport.

The men were among 18 employees of major Turkish construction firm Nurol Insaat.

They were kidnapped on 2 September, 2015, in the Sadr City area of north Baghdad, where they were working on a football stadium project.

Two workers were released in the southern city of Basra two weeks later, according to Al Jazeera

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu broke the news about their release on Twitter early in the day.

"Our 16 workers have just been received by our Baghdad ambassador," he wrote. 

I talked to some of them on the phone. 

"Thankfully, they are in good health and are preparing to return [home] as soon as possible," he added.  

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