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Ankara confirms capture of two Turkish agents by Kurdish rebels

Ankara has confirmed its agents were captured
Ankara has confirmed its agents were captured

Two Turkish intelligence officials have been captured by Kurdish rebels in neighbouring northern Iraq.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed to Al-Monitor news website that two National Intelligence Organisation agents were kidnapped by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, while on a mission in northern Iraq.

Mr Cavusoglu said Turkey is working for the return of "all citizens that the PKK kidnapped", adding Ankara was not engaged in direct talks with the militant group "to bring back those two person".

Reports claimed the agents were captured during an anti-PKK operation in Iraq in August.

The group is considered a terror organisation by Turkey and its allies.

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