Men wearing military uniforms have stormed a construction site in Baghdad and seized 20 workers, including 17 from Turkey and three from Iraq, security sources have told Al Jazeera:
They say the workers were employed by a Turkish construction company contracted to build a sports complex in the predominantly Shia northeastern Baghdad district of Habibiyah.
Officials told Al Jazeera that armed men wearing military uniforms stormed the construction site around 8am local time on Wednesday and took them away in several black pick-up vehicles. The kidnappers stormed the construction site, where the workers were sleeping in caravans, breaking down doors and disarming the guards before taking the workers away.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Baghdad, said sources were saying that it was too early to say whether the motivation was criminal, political or driven by a clash of business interests. “They don’t yet know who is responsible,” our correspondent said.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, has told news agencies he is in contact with Iraqi authorities over the incident. “The Iraqi authorities for the time being do not have information on how the incident occurred or who captured them,” he told reporters.