Gunmen Ambush Iraqi Airways Employees

Gunmen opened fire Thursday on a bus carrying female employees of Iraqi Airways to the Baghdad airport, killing one woman and wounding 14 others, an airline official said. Meanwhile, the husband of the kidnapped director of CARE International’s operation in Iraq made a plea in Baghdad for her release, saying she has spent her life helping Iraqis.Margaret Hassan, a British-Irish-Iraqi national, was abducted on her way to work early Tuesday by gunmen who blocked her route and dragged the driver and a companion from the car, said her husband Tahseen Ali Hassan. “Release my wife. She’s Iraqi; she’s working for a humanitarian organization and I ask you to release her,” Ali Hass said, addressing the kidnappers, at a press conference. Margaret Hassan, who has worked in Iraq for three decades, is the most high-profile figure to fall victim to a wave of kidnappings sweeping Iraq in recent months. CARE International has suspended its operations in Iraq. Full Story

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