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Three US citizens abducted in Baghdad

18 January 2016 7:00


Three US soldiers have reportedly been kidnapped from south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

“We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq…We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals,” said US State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement released Sunday.

“The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority,” he added.

According to other reports, a translator also went missing along with the US nationals on Friday.

An Iraqi official was quoted by CNN as saying that, “A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing two days ago. They are American contractors. We are looking into this report.”

The identities of those missing are yet to be confirmed.

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