#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – September 20 – Forty-nine Turkish citizens who had been held hostages by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) militants have been released, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
They were freed on Saturday and are already in Turkey, the official said offering no details on the circumstances of the release.
“Today at 5 a.m. we brought our citizens who were detained in Iraq to our country. From my heart, I thank the families who maintained their dignity,” Davutoglu said on his Twitter account.
The group, including diplomats, was captured in the Turkish Consulate in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul on June 11, when the Islamist militants were advancing on the Iraqi cities in the north of the country.