Iraqi Deputy Justice Minister Abdel Karim Faris was kidnapped on Tuesday in Baghdad’s eastern Binook neighborhood by masked gunmen, a spokesman for the ministry said.
Further details weren’t immediately available. The abduction came four days after 18 employees of Turkish construction company Nurol Group were seized by gunmen dressed in military uniforms in Sadr city. There has been no claim of responsibility for either incident.
Haberturk television, citing interim Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, reported on Sept. 3 that the Turks are believed to have been taken for ransom and that neither Islamic State nor PKK militants were to blame. Nurol had already cut down its workforce in Baghdad, where it’s building a 30,000-seat soccer stadium, on security fears.
Kidnapping for ransom has plagued Iraq for years. Shiite militias and other armed groups are active in Baghdad. Islamic State has claimed suicide bombings in the capital.