Baghdad: Iraqi diplomat kidnapped by gunmen

Baghdad: Iraqi diplomat kidnapped by gunmen
Baghdad: Iraqi diplomat kidnapped by gunmen

Wissam Jabr al-Awadi was seized near his home in the Amil neighborhood when kidnappers in three vehicles blocked his car on his way to work, police Lt. Mohammed Khayoun said.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry confirmed the abduction and said al-Awwadi was an Iraqi consular in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, a city with a large Kurdish population near the border with Iraq, the AP reports.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the city and its provinces (also called Kermanshah) were shortly renamed Bakhtaran, apparently owing to the use of "Shah" in the name. After theIran-Iraq War, however, they were renamed Kermanshah.