BAGHDAD — A group of armed men kidnapped a Kurdish official in Baghdad and threatened him to leave Baghdad because he is Kurdish.
Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, said in a statement that he posted to social media that Sabah Zangana, head of the Media Directorate of the Iraqi parliament, was kidnapped and tortured by a group of militias in Baghdad. They released him after five days and threatened him to leave Baghdad due to his Kurdish nationality, said the MP.
Abdullah added that the Kurdish official was also threatened with death by the militiamen if he refuses to leave Baghdad.
According to the Kurdish MP, 524 cases of abduction and 875 murders by unknown militia groups were recorded in Iraq in 2015. However, the rate of such crimes dropped in 2016 as 354 cases of kidnapping and 518 murders were reported. Furthermore, 200 people have been reported kidnapped over the past six months.
He added that the numbers include only those whose families have filed police reports.