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Masked kidnappers seize 18 Turkish workers in Iraq

At least 18 Turkish workers have been kidnapped by masked men in Baghdad, according to a construction firm.

The CEO of construction firm Nurol said that 18 employees had been kidnapped by men in military uniforms.

"People dressed in military uniforms broke down the door at 3 am (0100 BST) and abducted all these people," Nurol chief executive Ugur Dogan said.

Iraq interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan earlier said 16 people were taken during the raid in the north-eastern district of Habibiya.

Agence France Presse news agency reports that the men were working on a football stadium in the area when they were taken.


IS suspected of using banned chemical weapon in Iraq

A senior US official said they had "credible information" IS had used the blistering agent. Credit: Reuters

Islamic State militants are suspected of using mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq, the first suggestion the terror group has obtained a banned chemical weapon.

A senior US official told The Wall Street Journal they had "credible information" that IS had used the blistering agent earlier this week.

It was thought the group could have obtained the weapon in Syria or Iraq.

Mustard agents cause large blisters to form on people's skin and damages eyes, lungs and other internal organs.

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