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Baghdad: Outspoken Female Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi Kidnapped 

Outspoken Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi has been kidnapped after gunmen stormed her home in Baghdad. 

CNN report that the gunmen were dressed in civilian clothes and arrived in three pickup trucks at the journalist’s home around 10 p.m. local time on Monday night. 

The attackers also stole cash, gold, a car and other possessions before they took her.  They have taken her to unknown location.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security agencies to open an investigation into the the kidnapping.  

“Make utmost efforts in order to save her life and to preserve her safety,” a statement released by al-Abadi’s office said.

The governor of Baghdad, Ali Tamimi, denounced what he described as a “barbaric” act that sought to “persecute and muzzle journalists”.

Ms Al-Qaisi worked as a freelance journalist. 

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