- Sources in the Iraqi Capital say they were abducted in the south of the city
- The US State Department has confirmed it’s aware of the reports
- They said they are working with Iraqi authorities to track down the missing
- Multiple reports suggest they are contractors
Three Americans have reportedly been kidnapped by militants in Baghdad.
According to Arab news channel Al-Arabiya, sources in the Iraqi capital city said the trio were abducted in the southern neighborhood of Dora on Sunday.
The US State Department has confirmed it’s aware of the reports.
Three Americans have reportedly been kidnapped by militants in Baghdad (file picture)
Officials are working with Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the missing Americans.
Their identities and the reason they are in Iraq is not known.
John Kirby, State Department told Daily Mail Online: ‘We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq.
‘The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority. We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals.’
He added that he could not offer anymore information because of privacy concerns.
Multiple reports say they are contractors.
The reported kidnapping comes a day after four American citizens were freed from Iran in a prisoner swap.
Last Monday, at least 18 people were killed and 40 others were injured when insurgents attacked a shopping mall in Baghdad.
Dora was one of the battlegrounds during the Iraq War. In 2007 it was deemed a hotbed of sectarian violence, especially by Islamic anti-Christians.
By 2010 Dora had become a predominantly Sunni neighbourhood with Assyrians being reduced to small enclaves. Attacks in recent years have forced more and more families to leave the area.
There has been increasing tensions in Iraq, especially from Shia Muslims, after Saudi Arabia executed top Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.