Workers Abducted Outside Iraq Factory
A large number of Iraqi workers were kidnapped as they were leaving their factory jobs earlier today.
Scores of Iraqi workers were abducted Wednesday as they left an industrial plant north of Baghdad, police said. The number kidnapped was unclear, but police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said they filled up a bus and a minivan. The workers were seized at the al-Nasr General Complex in Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad. Under Saddam Hussein, the complex was a military plant.
It was the most recent case involving mass abductions. On June 6, gunmen in police uniforms raided a business district in central Baghdad, seizing 50 people, including travelers, merchants and vendors. Both Shiites and Sunnis work in the area. The Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry, which oversees police, denied its forces were behind the kidnappings.
Quite bizarre. One would think detonating a bomb to kill the workers would be both more effective and lower risk for the perpetrators. I suppose they need to continue coming up with new variations so that people don’t get blasé.