Militias in Baghdad Kidnap Three Americans, Al-Arabiya Says

Militias in Baghdad’s southern district of Dora have kidnapped three Americans along with their Iraqi interpreter, Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television reported late Sunday, citing unidentified sources.

Yusuf Abadi, an official at the Iraqi interior ministry, told Bloomberg News by telephone that his office is aware of the report and is working to investigate. He said the initial report from the ministry suggested the incident took place on Saturday.

“We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq. The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in an e-mailed statement. The U.S. is working with Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals, Kirby said.

Residents in Baghdad’s Dora district reached by Bloomberg late on Sunday local time said their area was in lockdown, with dozens of security forces manning checkpoints. They said troops were allowing them to use only one entrance and one exit.

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