Published: Sunday 08 July, 2018

Two Filipina OFWs Kidnapped in Northern Iraq | UPDATE: Pinays have been FREED!

Two female overseas Filipino workers (OFW) were abducted by unidentified men in northern Iraq on Saturday, July 6. The identities of the kidnapped Filipinas have not been released.

OFW Filipina kidnapped

Hoping and praying for the safety of the two OFWs abducted in northern Iraq. (Al Jazeera)

Two different reports about the kidnapping have emerged. One version, according to ABS CBN News, says that four Filipinas were initially taken by armed men but two later escaped. The OFWs were said to be on their way to Baghdad.

Meanwhile, in reports by Reuters and Al Jazeera, the two Filipinas were abducted after their vehicle broke down while traveling from Kurdistan to Baghdad. 

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“Two gunmen forced the two girls out of the car at gunpoint and took them to an unidentified location,” reported police captain Hamed al-Obeidi to Anadolu Agency.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is already exerting all efforts for the safe release of the kidnapped Pinasy. In a statement, the DFA said it has been in touch with Iraqi officials for assistance “in locating and securing the release of our missing kababayan.”

The identities of the abducted Filipinas remain confidential.

UPDATE: Reuters reports that the two Pinay have been released according to the Diyala province police chief on Sunday.

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