The gunmen, wearing Iraqi security force uniforms, snatched the group from an office in central Baghdad that witnesses said housed the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in addition to a business.


Gunmen wearing uniforms of Iraqi security forces kidnapped 25 people from an office in central Baghdad in broad daylight on Monday, police said.

The gunmen pulled up in 15 four-wheel-drive vehicles and kidnapped employees and customers at the office on a street in Arasat, once a thriving commercial district that has seen many businesses close due to violence ravaging the country.

Some witnesses said the offices were those of the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry and al-Rawi mobile telephone company.

“I was on the first floor of the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce and they took all the men downstairs. They were in camouflage army uniforms. They handcuffed the men and blindfolded them,” said a witness who asked not to be named.

“Me and five others were left behind because all the cars were full.”


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