US journalist is kidnapped in Baghdad

An American journalist was abducted yesterday in Baghdad as she drove through the notorious kidnap blackspot where the British aid worker Margaret Hassan was snatched.

The woman, a freelance correspondent in her mid-twenties, was taken from her car by gunmen who shot dead her Iraqi translator. Neither victim is being identified for scurity reasons. Police said the attack took place in the Adel district of west Baghdad, a Sunni neighbourhood said to be controlled by Saddam Hussein loyalists and religious extremists.

The area is notorious for kidnappings, and the spot where the victims were attacked is understood to be within 100 yards of the place where Mrs Hassan, 59, was abducted in October 2004. Mrs Hassan was later murdered. Full Story

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