All abducted Turkish workers freed from Shia group in Iraq
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Wednesday 16 of the Turkish workers will be returning home safely. (AFP/File)
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Turkish construction workers kidnapped in Iraq earlier this month have been released, Iraq and Turkey said on Wednesday.
The workers were found in the area of Maseeb, 40 kilometers south of Baghdad, a police official told dpa.
"They are now in Baghdad and in good health," the official said on condition of anonymity. He did not specify their number.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said 16 workers were released.
He told the Turkish news agency DHA that he had talked to some workers by phone. They will be brought back to Turkey as soon as possible.
No further information was available about the circumstances of their release or when they were freed.
The workers were kidnapped on September 2 from a sports stadium under construction at Baghdad's mostly Shiite Sadr City.
Later, a Shiite group released a video featuring the abducted workers and made a list of demands for their release.
The demands, directed at the Turkish government, including ending the "flow of gunmen" into Iraq and halting oil exports coming from northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
Shiite militias, many linked to pro-Iranian political factions, play a key role in the fight against Islamic State Sunni militants who have seized much of Sunni northern and western Iraq.
Iraqi Sunnis accuse Shiite paramilitaries of abuses.
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