Saturday 16 December 2017

Three Americans abducted in Baghdad last month have been freed - Iraqi officials

Iraq flag (stock photo)
Iraq flag (stock photo)

Three Americans who were abducted in Baghdad last month have been freed, Iraqi officials have said.

The Americans were freed by the Iraqi intelligence service, the officials claimed.

They say the three are in good health and have been handed over to the US Embassy in Baghdad. The embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.

The embassy confirmed in January several Americans had gone missing. Iraqi authorities said the three were kidnapped from a "suspicious apartment" without elaborating.

Iraqi and western officials said they suspected one of two powerful Shiite militias was behind the kidnapping.

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