Iraq deputy justice minister kidnapped by masked gunmen

Abdul Karim al-Faris along with his security guards and driver snatched from his car in capital Baghdad, officials say.

    Iraq deputy justice minister kidnapped by masked gunmen
    The deputy minister's security guards and driver have also been kidnapped [Al Jazeera/Twitter]

    Iraq's acting deputy Justice Minister, Abdul Karim al-Faris, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the capital, Baghdad, security officials have told Al Jazeera.

    The deputy minister's security guards and driver have also been kidnapped in Al-Bunouk neighbourhood in the northeastern part of the city.

    Masked gunmen driving four black SUVs blocked the the officials vehicle before taking them hostage. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnap.

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reporting from the capital, Baghdad, said the incident comes after a spate of kidnappings in the city.

    "Last Wednesday 18 Turkish workers were kidnapped and then a few days after that there were two Sunni sheikhs that were kidnapped from the Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya." khan said. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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