Kirkuk, Mar 25, (VOI) – An armed group released on Tuesday four Syrian truck drivers who were kidnapped weeks ago on a highway linking Kirkuk to Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said.
"The drivers, who were kidnapped by an armed group on the Kirkuk-Baghdad highway, near the Hamrin mountain ridge, (125 km) southwest of Kirkuk, earlier this month, were released," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
The source did not give details about the release or the name of the group that kidnapped the drivers.
The Kirkuk-Baghdad highway is the main one used by truckers coming from Syria and Turkey, particularly after drivers avoided the Mosul-Baghdad highway due to the spread of armed groups along it.
Kirkuk, a city of mixed ethnic and religious groups, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
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