Members of the Kurdish security forces stand at a checkpoint during an intensive security deployment on the outskirts of Kirkuk. Baghdad will cooperate with Kurdish forces to try to drive militant out of Mosul, Iraq's foreign minister said, a day after an al Qaeda splinter group seized the country's second biggest city. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Kirkuk, Iraq - Jihadists seized the Turkish consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday and kidnapped the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 staff members, a police colonel said.

“ISIL members managed to kidnap the Turkish consul and 24 of his guards and assistants,” the officer said, referring to powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.