An Irish journalist has been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Rory Carroll, who works for the British newspaper The Guardian, was reportedly abducted as he left a house in the volatile Sadr City neighbourhood.
It is believed he had been watching the trial of former president Saddam Hussein on television with an Iraqi family. Sadr City is a poor area of Baghdad, inhabited mainly by Shi’ites, and a stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
The 33-year old journalist is an experienced foreign reporter. He had been in Iraq for nine months.
Just 24 hours before his abduction, he had filed a full page report on the opening of the trial against the former Iraqi dictator.