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US confirms Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a road in Baghdad's Dora district on November 27, 2015, on their way to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to take part in the Arbaeen religious festival, which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein. Iraq has increased security around Shiite areas aiming at reducing the risk of suicide bomb attacks by the Islamic State (IS), an extremist Sunni group which controls parts of Iraq and considers Shiites heret. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a road in Baghdad's Dora district on November 27, 2015, on their way to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to take part in the Arbaeen religious festival, which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein. Iraq has increased security around Shiite areas aiming at reducing the risk of suicide bomb attacks by the Islamic State (IS), an extremist Sunni group which controls parts of Iraq and considers Shiites heret. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Baghdad: The US embassy in Baghdad has confirmed that “several” Americans were kidnapped there.

“We are working with the full co-operation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals,” BBC quoted a state department official as saying on Monday.

Unconfirmed reports from Iraqi security circles said three Americans and an Iraqi translator were abducted from the southern side of Baghdad.

But the US officials did not say how many were held or where they were seized.

“A company filed a report on Sunday about three of its staff going missing two days ago. They are American contractors. We are looking into this report,” the senior security official said.

“The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority,” said US state department official John Kirby.
IANS

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