Gunmen abduct German activist in Baghdad

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped in the Iraqi capital a German activist affiliated to the Goethe Institute, reports say.

Hella Mewis according to the Iraqi police was abducted near her office on the Abu Nuwas Street at the evening hours.

She is the head of the culture department of German institute present in at least 159 institutes in 98 countries.

She also works at German Arts Center Tarkib which organizes festivals every year to support young artists in Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the operation but the Iraqi police said teams from the defense and interior ministries as well as police are searching the area.

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