Turkey says got prior warning of Mosul consulate attack

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc gives a press conference in Ankara, on June 4, 2013Turkey received prior warning of the attack on its consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Friday, defending Ankara’s decision not to evacuate. Arinc told reporters that the Turkish government had made contact by telephone with the hostages and they had “not been exposed to any bad treatment.” On Wednesday, militants from the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) abducted 49 people from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, including diplomats, guards and children. Turkey had decided not to evacuate the building as they judged the security situation outside was worse.

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