KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: A joint Iraqi police and Kurdish Asayish (Security) force has arrested several members of a gang, specialized in abducting persons, including security men, a Kirkuk Police Director reported on Thursday.
“A Joint Police and Kurdish Asayish (Security) force has detained a number of persons of a gang, specialized in abducting citizens and security men, last of whom was Ali Sardar al-Qabahy, who was killed after forcing his family to pay a 75,000 dollar ransom for his abductors to release him,” Lt-Brigadier, Sarhad Qader, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
In a related development, a Kirkuk Joint Coordination Center told Aswat al-Iraq that “armed men, dressed in military uniform have abducted a citizen, called Adnan Khalaf Bayat, born in 1976, from al-Hajjaj district in Kirkuk.”
“After a police force headed to the house of the abducted man, it found out that the abductors had fastened the hands of the man’s family with steel bars, but the family members gave the descriptions of the abductors, that were sent for all inspection points to chase them,” he said.
The oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk, 280 km to the north of Baghdad, had witnessed a series of abductions over the past period, aimed at ordinary citizens, including doctors, some of who were released for high ransom amounts.