Iraqi candidate kidnapped while nation waits for poll results
The parliamentary election results are set to be announced any day (File Archive/AFP)
Agence France Presse reported Sunday that militants kidnapped one of Iraq's election candidates while the country awaits the results of last month's poll.
Police told AFP that militants kidnapped Rahman Abdulzahra Al Jazairi from the small Shiite neighborhood of Jamila located north of Baghdad. During the abduction, militants also wounded his father and brother.
Members of Jazairi's party, Hizbullah Warithun, an offshoot of Hezbollah in Iraq, are working to secure his release after it managed to obtain video footage of the abduction.
Jazairi is not expected to win a parliamentary seat; election commission officials told reporters that the results of last month's election are set to be released either Sunday or Monday.
Jazairi is the only candidate who has been kidnapped during the elections period, but many campaigns before the April 30 poll were attacked.
The April 30 elections represent the first polls that were held in Iraq since the exit of U.S. forces from the country in 2011.
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