News Alerts

21 Jul 2020 | 01:38 PM UTC

Iraq: Unidentified assailants kidnap German national in Baghdad July 20

Iraq News Alert

Unidentified assailants kidnap German national in Baghdad on July 20; maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness at all times

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Baghdad, Iraq

Event

Unidentified assailants kidnapped a German national in Baghdad on Monday, July 20. The victim, named Hella Mewis, is head of the culture department of the German Goethe Institut in Baghdad, and was abducted near her office on Abu Nuwas Street.

Security operations are possible in the area in the near term.

Context

Kidnapping in Iraq is widespread and carried out by insurgents, militias and criminals alike, whose motives range from ideological to for-profit. Kidnappers can dress as members of the Iraqi security forces (ISF). Foreigners are considered prime targets by many kidnappers because of their higher ransom yields or the symbolic consequence of kidnapping.

Advice

Individuals in Baghdad are advised to monitor developments, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and maintain a heightened sense of vigilance at all times.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news