Iraqi local official kidnapped in Turkey released

Entrance to the town of Qaem, Anbar

Anbar ( An Iraqi local official who was kidnapped during a visit to Turkey was released on Thursday, his cousin was quoted saying.

Wamid al-Kaud told Sputnik Arabic that the head of the security committee at Anbar province council was released from kidnappers and is currently in police custody.

He said Kaud’s family has said he was in a good condition, adding that Turkish police were investigating circumstances behind his kidnapping.

Early Thursday, the Iraqi foreign ministry said it was following developments in relation to Kaud’s kidnapping, but explained it was maintaining secrecy of the details for his safety.

Hamid al-Elwani, chairman of Anbar province council, told Almaalomah news website that Kaud had been duped by a group pretending to investors from a neighboring country, and lured him away towards an unknown destination.

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