The US Embassy in Baghdad confirmed that “several” Americans were missing in Iraq after local media reported three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
US Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said on Sunday: “We are working in full co-operation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans.”
His comments came after Arab news channel al-Arabiya, citing its own sources, reported that three Americans had been kidnapped by militias in Baghdad.
The incident occurred after deterioration of security in and around the Iraqi capital after months of relative calm.
The Islamic State (IS) group claimed a number of attacks in Baghdad and Diyala province last week that killed more than 50 people, including a high-profile attack on a mall in the Iraqi capital.