Baghdad: Iraqi diplomat serving in Iran kidnapped

Gunmen seized an Iraqi diplomat serving in Iran as he was driving near his home in Baghdad, the Foreign Ministry said Wissam Jabr al-Awadi was seized near his home in the Amil neighborhood when kidnappers in three vehicles blocked his car on his way to work, police Lt. Mohammed Khayoun said. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry confirmed the abduction and said al-Awwadi was an Iraqi consular in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, a city with a large Kurdish population near the border with Iraq.