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Two Filipinas kidnapped in Iraq freed
July 09, 2018
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BAQUBA: Two women from the Philippines kidnapped in Iraq on Saturday have been freed, the Diyala province police chief said on Sunday.

The women had been travelling with three compatriots on the road connecting Baghdad to oil city Kirkuk when their car broke down, two military sources said.

The two women got out of the car after it broke down. Unknown men drove by in a yellow car and took them, a military source said.

The identities, affiliation, and motivation of the kidnappers was not yet clear, the sources said on Saturday.

There has been an increase in attacks and kidnappings by Daesh militants over the past few weeks near the area where the women were taken.

At least eight members of the security forces were kidnapped and later killed by militants on the same highway last month.

SHOOTING Iraqi police opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of Basra on Sunday as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services, police and local officials said.

Police sources said eight protesters were wounded in the shooting while a local mayor said one demonstrator was killed and three were wounded.

“Protesters were only making fair demands for jobs and better basic services but police opened fire and killed one protester,” said Yaseen al-Battat, a local mayor from the Imam Sadiq area where the protesters were.

Police and oil officials said Sunday’s incident didn’t impact the security or operations of the giant southern oilfields.

Agencies
 

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